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Wagga Wagga City CouncilPopulation forecast

Wagga Wagga City Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Wagga Wagga City Council indicate a 19.6% increase in population under working age, a 27.8% increase in population of retirement age, and a 10.9% increase 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 Wagga Wagga 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
Wagga Wagga City Council - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 44,5187.15,5477.55,8877.3+1,369
5 to 94,6077.25,4237.35,7467.1+1,139
10 to 144,1776.54,9346.75,5116.8+1,335
15 to 194,5397.15,3747.35,9297.3+1,390
20 to 245,3488.35,6837.76,2307.7+882
25 to 294,8037.54,8086.55,2286.5+425
30 to 344,3486.84,7596.45,0046.2+655
35 to 393,7935.94,9646.75,1576.4+1,364
40 to 443,8896.14,6966.45,1136.3+1,223
45 to 493,8596.04,2075.74,9586.1+1,098
50 to 543,7505.94,0595.54,6245.7+874
55 to 593,7905.93,8525.24,1635.1+373
60 to 643,3765.33,6364.93,8954.8+519
65 to 692,8494.43,4414.73,5414.4+692
70 to 742,1533.42,9073.93,1713.9+1,018
75 to 791,7142.72,3203.12,7913.4+1,078
80 to 841,1721.81,6132.22,0992.6+927
85 and over1,4002.21,5852.11,9362.4+536
Total persons64,086100.073,809100.080,984100.0+16,898
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), October 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Wagga Wagga City Council was ages 20 to 24, which accounted for 8.3% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 35 to 39, which is expected to increase by 1,171 and account for 6.7% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 20 to 24 years, with a total of 5,683 persons.

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