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Shoalhaven City CouncilPopulation forecast

Shoalhaven City Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2031, the age structure forecasts for Shoalhaven City Council indicate a 8.0% increase in population under working age, a 44.6% increase in population of retirement age, and a 0.2% decrease in population of working age.

Knowledge of how the age structure of the population is changing is essential for planning age-based facilities and services, such as child care, recreation and aged care.

The forecast age groups of Shoalhaven City Council is a function of the current age of the population (people aging each year, being born and dying) as well as the age of people migrating into and out of the area. This in turn is driven by location (fringe, city centre, regional or rural) the existing housing stock (separate dwellings, medium or high density), the amount and type of new residential development (same as existing stock, or diversifying) and where the area is in a cycle of change. We call this the area’s residential role and function. You can learn more about this in the section household and suburb life cycles.

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Shoalhaven City Council - Total persons201620312041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 45,5595.56,0435.36,7415.3+1,182
5 to 95,9195.86,3665.67,1015.6+1,182
10 to 145,6585.66,0915.36,8225.4+1,164
15 to 195,5165.45,2754.65,9274.7+411
20 to 245,0224.94,8124.25,2954.2+273
25 to 294,9914.94,9604.35,5104.4+519
30 to 344,9964.95,4484.86,0424.8+1,046
35 to 394,9044.85,7785.06,3985.1+1,494
40 to 445,5625.55,9005.26,6035.2+1,041
45 to 495,8735.85,9005.26,7265.3+853
50 to 546,6126.56,0625.36,9255.5+314
55 to 597,5907.56,8346.07,4145.9-177
60 to 647,7257.67,6826.78,1356.4+410
65 to 698,2348.18,4707.48,8517.0+617
70 to 746,4926.48,5597.58,8077.0+2,315
75 to 794,8104.77,7256.78,4696.7+3,659
80 to 843,2203.26,6975.87,6146.0+4,394
85 and over3,0953.05,9295.27,1355.6+4,040
Total persons101,777100.0114,533100.0126,513100.0+24,736
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), September 2018.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Shoalhaven City Council was ages 65 to 69, which accounted for 8.1% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2031 is forecast to be in ages 80 to 84, which is expected to increase by 3,477 and account for 5.8% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2031 is 70 to 74 years, with a total of 8,559 persons.

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