Over the next 10 years our population will grow and change in many ways. Understanding these changes helps us think about our different needs.

Who are we, and who will we be?

  • We’re very young compared to the rest of the country. Our average age is 28.
  • There will be a lot more of us by 2030.
  • By 2030, 50% of us will be aged between 40 and 50 years old.
  • But we’re also getting older. The number of 85+ year olds will double from 1,500 to 3,000.

We don't all have the same opportunities

How do we live?

  • 26% rent privately
  • Nearly 10% rent in public housing
  • 15% of our housing is high-density (e.g. apartment buildings). Like all inner urban locations more of us will be living high density in the future
  • About 2% of the City households are experiencing housing stress. Homelessness in the City is low in comparison to other cities
  • We move around a lot too. There’s a trend that shows for everyone that moves into the City, over say five years, roughly a quarter of that number will move out.

How's our health?

Overall our health is pretty good, but there are a few challenges we face:

  • Over one third of us live alone.
  • 12% of family violence incidents are alcohol related
  • 10% of our residents under 18 don’t have the recommended fruit and vegetable intake.
  • We spend more time in front of the screen (computer, tv etc) than any other city - on average 9+ hours a day per person.

Something to think about