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Welcome to the City of Sydney population forecasts

The City of Sydney population forecast for 2016 is 211,695, and is forecast to grow to 280,964 by 2036.

The City of Sydney population and household forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year between 2011 and 2036.

The forecasts are designed to provide community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public with knowledge to make confident decisions about the future.

These forecasts were last updated in April 2013 by .id, the population experts, on behalf of the City of Sydney. Forecasts are available for each year from 2011 to 2036.

Forecast population
Forecast population 2036 forecast population: 280,964 2035 forecast population: 278,818 2034 forecast population: 276,669 2033 forecast population: 274,317 2032 forecast population: 271,977 2031 forecast population: 269,645 2030 forecast population: 267,264 2029 forecast population: 264,689 2028 forecast population: 262,154 2027 forecast population: 259,438 2026 forecast population: 256,031 2025 forecast population: 252,547 2024 forecast population: 248,769 2023 forecast population: 245,205 2022 forecast population: 241,427 2021 forecast population: 237,625 2020 forecast population: 233,673 2019 forecast population: 229,514 2018 forecast population: 224,344 2017 forecast population: 219,216 2016 forecast population: 211,695 2015 forecast population: 200,772 2014 forecast population: 192,469 2013 forecast population: 186,886 2012 forecast population: 184,217 2011 forecast population: 183,494
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id, April 2013.
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This population forecast is just one of a family of demographic and economic resources available for this area and other areas across Australia. The full suite of resources includes community profiles, population forecasts, social atlases and economic profiles. You can be confident using them for planning, research and advocacy as they are compiled and maintained with the latest data by population experts, .id. Access them online in the Demographic Resource Centre
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