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Rural East

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure category with the greatest increase in persons in Rural East is 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)'.

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 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 - Service age groups
Rural East - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1685.42317.02416.8+73
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)33710.834010.336110.2+24
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)3049.72698.12908.2-14
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)2377.62276.92186.1-19
Young workforce (25 to 34)32010.32397.22497.0-70
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)60919.568220.671620.2+107
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)44214.254816.658116.4+139
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)41013.142512.950514.2+95
Seniors (70 to 84)2407.73079.33519.9+111
Elderly aged (85 and over)521.7391.2411.1-12
Total persons3,119100.03,305100.03,554100.0+435

Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, October 2017.

Forecast age structure - Service age groups
Forecast age structure - Service age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2036: 41 Forecast persons aged 70-84,  2036: 351 Forecast persons aged 60-69,  2036: 505 Forecast persons aged 50-59,  2036: 581 Forecast persons aged 35-49,  2036: 716 Forecast persons aged 25-34,  2036: 249 Forecast persons aged 18-24,  2036: 218 Forecast persons aged 12-17,  2036: 290 Forecast persons aged 5-11,  2036: 361 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2036: 241 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026: 39 Forecast persons aged 70-84,  2026: 307 Forecast persons aged 60-69,  2026: 425 Forecast persons aged 50-59,  2026: 548 Forecast persons aged 35-49,  2026: 682 Forecast persons aged 25-34,  2026: 239 Forecast persons aged 18-24,  2026: 227 Forecast persons aged 12-17,  2026: 269 Forecast persons aged 5-11,  2026: 340 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026: 231 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016: 52 Forecast persons aged 70-84,  2016: 240 Forecast persons aged 60-69,  2016: 410 Forecast persons aged 50-59,  2016: 442 Forecast persons aged 35-49,  2016: 609 Forecast persons aged 25-34,  2016: 320 Forecast persons aged 18-24,  2016: 237 Forecast persons aged 12-17,  2016: 304 Forecast persons aged 5-11,  2016: 337 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016: 168
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.
Forecast change in age structure - Service age groups
Forecast change in age structure - Service age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026 to 2036: 2 Forecast persons aged 70-84,  2026 to 2036: 44 Forecast persons aged 60-69,  2026 to 2036: 80 Forecast persons aged 50-59,  2026 to 2036: 33 Forecast persons aged 35-49,  2026 to 2036: 35 Forecast persons aged 25-34,  2026 to 2036: 11 Forecast persons aged 18-24,  2026 to 2036: -10 Forecast persons aged 12-17,  2026 to 2036: 21 Forecast persons aged 5-11,  2026 to 2036: 21 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026 to 2036: 10 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016 to 2026: -14 Forecast persons aged 70-84,  2016 to 2026: 67 Forecast persons aged 60-69,  2016 to 2026: 15 Forecast persons aged 50-59,  2016 to 2026: 106 Forecast persons aged 35-49,  2016 to 2026: 72 Forecast persons aged 25-34,  2016 to 2026: -81 Forecast persons aged 18-24,  2016 to 2026: -10 Forecast persons aged 12-17,  2016 to 2026: -35 Forecast persons aged 5-11,  2016 to 2026: 2 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016 to 2026: 63
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.

Key findings

In Rural East between 2016 and 2026, the number of persons aged under 17 is forecast to increase by 31 (3.8%), and will comprise 25.4% of the total population.

The number of persons aged over 60 is expected to increase by 69 (9.8%) and comprise 23.3% of the total population.

The largest service age group in 2026 is 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)', with a total of 682 persons.

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