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Far North District CouncilPopulation forecast

Far North District Council

Population and age structure

Between 2013 and 2028, the age structure forecasts for Far North District Council indicate a 7.1% decrease in population under working age, a 75.5% increase in population of retirement age, and a 4.7% 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 Far North District 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 - Service age groups
Far North District Council - Total persons201320282043Change between 2013 and 2043
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4,5307.54,1536.04,5835.8+53
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)6,36710.56,0788.86,7138.6+346
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)5,7099.45,3477.75,3476.8-361
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,2907.14,9627.24,8206.1+530
Young workforce (25 to 34)5,0318.35,8818.56,6428.5+1,611
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)10,82117.910,61015.312,78816.3+1,966
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)9,06115.08,79312.79,66712.3+606
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)8,14213.410,23114.810,65213.6+2,510
Seniors (70 to 84)5,7609.511,17816.114,09318.0+8,333
Elderly aged (85 and over)8901.51,9992.93,1394.0+2,249
Total persons60,600100.069,232100.078,443100.0+17,843
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2013 to 2043, prepared by .id (informed decisions), November 2019.

Key findings

In 2013, the dominant age structure for persons in Far North District Council was ages Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), which accounted for 17.9% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2013 and 2028 is forecast to be in ages Seniors (70 to 84), which is expected to increase by 5,418 and account for 16.1% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2028 is Seniors (70 to 84) years, with a total of 11,178 persons.

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