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Local Government Areas: Central Coast.

The natural environment is the defining feature of the Central Coast and its most important asset. More than half of the region is waterways or areas which have significant biodiversity value.The predominant ridgelines, valleys, waterways, coast and floodplains east of the M1 Pacific Motorway, have shaped the way urban development has occurred in the region. They have concentrated settlement within well-defined urban corridors and centres, primarily along the coast and the Sydney to Newcastle rail corridor, providing attractive residential settings for the community.

People

Who calls Central Coast home?

Over the next 20 years, the population of the Central Coast is projected to increase by nearly 80,000 to roughly 415,000 people. The demographic characteristics of the community will also change. Most of the projected population growth for the Gosford Local Government Area will occur among people over the age of 65 years. The number of residents aged over 65 years across the region is expected to increase from 20 per cent to 27 per cent of the overall population over the next 20 years. Find out which age groups are the fastest growing.

Note: The data presented in this dashboard has been drawn from the DPE population projections- main scenario 2016. This scenario is based on recent trends in births, mortality and migration. However, the future is not certain, and data for other scenarios (low and high) are also published on the DPE website.

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Population Levels Data

This data shows the population of this subregion over time

Population Growth Data

This data shows the increase in population of this subregion over time

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Source: NSW State and LGA Population Projections: 2016 Final, Department of Planning and Environment, 2016. View Data Source.

By 2036, it’s projected that 1 in 24 NSW people will live in the Central Coast

Households

Central Coast’s household mix

Household size will also change in the Central Coast, with 50 per cent of the projected growth occurring in single or couple-only households. Family households include: Couple only | Couple with children | Single parent with children | Other family (includes multiple families, multi-generational families and other family types of related persons not otherwise defined). Find out what the mix of households are and how it’s changing.

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Housing Type Data

This data shows the types of housing in this subregion over time

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Source: NSW State and LGA Population, Household and Dwelling Projections: 2016 Final, Department of Planning and Environment, 2016. View Data Source.

Lone person households are projected to be the most common household type in the Central Coast

Open Space

A snapshot of Central Coast´s open space

More than 40% of the open space in the Central Coast are National Parks and Nature Reserves. Find out the breakdown of the types of open space in the Region.

Open Space Data

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Source: Environmental Planning Instrument, NSW Department of Planning and Environment