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Wagga Wagga City CouncilPopulation forecast

Wagga Wagga

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Wagga Wagga indicate a 37.7% increase in population under working age, a 17.8% increase in population of retirement age, and a 12.6% 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 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 - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 44075.55676.66216.5+214
5 to 92863.94315.04624.8+176
10 to 142413.32883.43553.7+114
15 to 193124.25506.46476.8+335
20 to 2481911.21,02712.01,13411.9+315
25 to 2981511.18319.795510.0+140
30 to 345787.96637.77467.8+168
35 to 394365.95896.96276.6+191
40 to 444065.54585.35235.5+117
45 to 493374.63984.64915.1+154
50 to 544386.03984.64394.6+1
55 to 594886.63454.03934.1-95
60 to 643965.43974.63864.0-10
65 to 693124.24204.93433.6+31
70 to 743164.33554.13693.9+53
75 to 792753.72933.43753.9+100
80 to 842032.82713.23203.4+117
85 and over2783.82913.43643.8+86
Total persons7,343100.08,571100.09,551100.0+2,208
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 Wagga Wagga was ages 20 to 24, which accounted for 11.2% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 15 to 19, which is expected to increase by 238 and account for 6.4% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 20 to 24 years, with a total of 1,027 persons.

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