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Tamworth Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Eastern Highlands

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Eastern Highlands is forecast to grow from 2,135 in 2016 to 2,628 in 2041, with the average household size falling from 2.46 to 2.43 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Eastern Highlands. 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
Eastern HighlandsForecast year
Summary201620212026203120362041
Population5,0235,2645,4515,6605,8696,087
Change in population (5yrs)--241186209209218
Average annual change--0.94%0.70%0.76%0.73%0.73%
Households2,0052,1122,2012,2892,3802,469
Average household size2.462.452.442.432.432.43
Population in non private dwellings868686868686
Dwellings2,1352,2482,3432,4382,5332,628
Dwelling occupancy rate93.9193.9593.9493.8993.9693.95
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Eastern Highlands was estimated to be 5,023 people. It is expected to increase by over 637 people to 5,660 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.20%. This is based on an increase of over 284 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.46 to 2.43 by 2026.

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