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Wellington CityPopulation forecast

Wellington City

Population and age structure

Between 2013 and 2028, the age structure forecasts for Wellington City indicate a 1.7% increase in females under working age, a 94.3% increase in females of retirement age, and a 8.0% increase in females 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 Wellington 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
Wellington City - Total females201320282043Change between 2013 and 2043
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 45,9265.85,8535.06,2634.9+336
5 to 95,5625.55,6714.85,9404.7+379
10 to 145,3015.25,5574.75,6454.4+345
15 to 197,3537.38,6417.48,9167.0+1,563
20 to 2410,71310.611,0689.412,5799.9+1,866
25 to 298,8068.710,1808.711,3919.0+2,585
30 to 348,1578.08,6117.49,3587.4+1,202
35 to 397,6217.57,7706.68,1946.4+573
40 to 447,8347.76,9535.97,3235.8-512
45 to 497,4287.37,0916.17,1435.6-285
50 to 546,7456.76,8695.96,7795.3+34
55 to 595,4615.46,8935.96,4755.1+1,014
60 to 644,3704.36,3925.56,2704.9+1,901
65 to 693,4193.45,6964.95,9064.6+2,487
70 to 742,3652.34,6974.05,6424.4+3,277
75 to 791,6541.63,7443.25,0494.0+3,394
80 to 841,3891.42,8002.44,1853.3+2,796
85 and over1,2621.22,6682.34,0333.2+2,771
Total persons101,365100.0117,154100.0127,092100.0+25,726
Population and household forecasts, 2013 to 2043, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2019.

Key findings

In 2013, the dominant age structure for females in Wellington City was ages 20 to 24, which accounted for 10.6% of the total females.

The largest increase in females between 2013 and 2028 is forecast to be in ages 70 to 74, which is expected to increase by 2,332 and account for 4.0% of the total females.

The largest female 5 year age group in 2028 is 20 to 24 years, with a total of 11,068 females.

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