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Wollongong City CouncilPopulation forecast

Wollongong City Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Wollongong City Council is forecast to grow from 84,466 in 2016 to 112,515 in 2041, with the average household size remaining stable from 2.56 to 2.56 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Wollongong City Council. The period 2016 to 2031, 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
Wollongong City CouncilForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--10,80612,73915,52615,39013,932
Average annual change--1.01%1.13%1.29%1.20%1.03%
Average household size2.562.562.562.562.562.56
Population in non private dwellings4,7315,3955,7955,7955,7955,795
Dwelling occupancy rate95.0194.5394.5994.7794.8794.87
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), July 2021.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Wollongong City Council was estimated to be 210,351 people. It is expected to increase by over 39,071 people to 249,422 by 2031, at an average annual growth rate of 1.14%. This is based on an increase of over 14,917 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household remaining stable from 2.56 to 2.56 by 2031.

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