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Rockhampton Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Rockhampton Regional Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Rockhampton Regional Council is forecast to grow from 35,005 in 2016 to 42,137 in 2041, with the average household size remaining stable from 2.51 to 2.51 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Rockhampton Regional Council. The period 2016 to 2026, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
Rockhampton Regional CouncilForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--1,7433,5624,6984,1784,161
Average annual change--0.43%0.84%1.06%0.90%0.86%
Average household size2.512.512.512.512.512.51
Population in non private dwellings2,3392,3392,3732,4072,4412,475
Dwelling occupancy rate90.0490.0191.3192.0692.0692.06
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), November 2021.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Rockhampton Regional Council was estimated to be 81,322 people. It is expected to increase by over 10,003 people to 91,325 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.17%. This is based on an increase of over 3,927 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household remaining stable from 2.51 to 2.51 by 2026.

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