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Rural West

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Rural West indicate a 25.5% increase in population under working age, a 50.0% increase in population of retirement age, and a 10.0% 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 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
Rural West - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 41987.92548.62748.3+76
5 to 92058.22669.02958.9+90
10 to 141907.62247.62627.9+73
15 to 191787.11655.62016.0+23
20 to 241395.61354.61574.7+18
25 to 291636.51515.11554.7-8
30 to 341144.61876.31975.9+84
35 to 391275.12107.12246.7+97
40 to 441837.31906.42306.9+48
45 to 491847.41886.42337.0+49
50 to 541777.12026.82146.4+37
55 to 592028.11876.31965.9-6
60 to 641606.41745.91885.7+28
65 to 691375.51645.61604.8+23
70 to 74582.31153.91283.8+69
75 to 79281.1883.01083.2+80
80 to 84120.5321.1611.8+49
85 and over451.8210.7401.2-5
Total persons2,499100.02,951100.03,324100.0+825

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

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2036: 40 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2036: 61 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2036: 108 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2036: 128 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2036: 160 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2036: 188 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2036: 196 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2036: 214 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2036: 233 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2036: 230 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2036: 224 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2036: 197 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2036: 155 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2036: 157 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2036: 201 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2036: 262 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2036: 295 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2036: 274 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026: 21 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026: 32 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026: 88 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026: 115 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026: 164 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026: 174 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026: 187 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026: 202 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026: 188 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026: 190 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026: 210 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026: 187 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026: 151 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026: 135 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026: 165 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026: 224 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026: 266 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026: 254 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016: 45 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2016: 12 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2016: 28 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2016: 58 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2016: 137 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2016: 160 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2016: 202 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2016: 177 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2016: 184 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2016: 183 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2016: 127 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2016: 114 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2016: 163 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2016: 139 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2016: 178 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2016: 190 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2016: 205 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016: 198
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.
Forecast change in age structure - 5 year age groups
Forecast change in age structure - 5 year age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026 to 2036: 19 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026 to 2036: 29 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026 to 2036: 20 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026 to 2036: 13 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026 to 2036: -4 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026 to 2036: 14 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026 to 2036: 9 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026 to 2036: 13 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026 to 2036: 45 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026 to 2036: 41 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026 to 2036: 14 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026 to 2036: 11 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026 to 2036: 4 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026 to 2036: 22 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026 to 2036: 36 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026 to 2036: 39 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026 to 2036: 29 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026 to 2036: 21 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016 to 2026: -24 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2016 to 2026: 20 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2016 to 2026: 60 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2016 to 2026: 56 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2016 to 2026: 27 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2016 to 2026: 14 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2016 to 2026: -15 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2016 to 2026: 25 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2016 to 2026: 4 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2016 to 2026: 7 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2016 to 2026: 83 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2016 to 2026: 73 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2016 to 2026: -12 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2016 to 2026: -4 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2016 to 2026: -13 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2016 to 2026: 34 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2016 to 2026: 61 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016 to 2026: 56
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Rural West was ages 5 to 9, which accounted for 8.2% 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 83 and account for 7.1% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 5 to 9 years, with a total of 266 persons.

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