AHURI Brief

Where Sydney's population is growing fastest

The three regions of greater Sydney with greatest rate of population increase are Parramatta; City and inner south; and Blacktown

Last updated 7 Nov 2016

Rate of population growth for 3 Sydney regions 2005 to 2015
Figure 1. Rate of population growth, 2005 to 2015, for the three fastest growing regions of Sydney in comparison with Greater Sydney.

Source: ABS 3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia 2005 to 2015. Table 1

The largest percentage growth in population for Sydney was in the Parramatta area (26.4%), which recorded a growth rate nearly 10 percentage points higher than for the average for the entire greater city (16.7%). Parramatta includes the suburbs of Auburn, Carlingford, Merrylands – Guildford and Parramatta, and also had the largest numerical population increase (up by 95 482 to 456 989 people).

Population growth Sydney 2005 to 2015
Figure 2. Population growth, 2005 to 2015, for the three fastest growing regions of Sydney.

Source: ABS 3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia 2005 to 2015. Table 1

The growth of the Parramatta region is set to continue, with the Greater Sydney Commission, set up by the NSW State Government to oversee the city’s growth, developing policies to ensure that Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula grow and evolve over the next 20 years to be a successful inner-urban hub, in essence becoming ‘Greater Sydney’s true centre’.