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This forecast has been updated with 2016 Census dwelling counts and the 2016 Estimated Resident Population. More information can be found here.

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City of Sydney

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in the City of Sydney is forecast to grow from 110,812 in 2016 to 151,262 in 2026, with the average household size rising from 2.02 to 2.06 by 2026.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the City of Sydney. The period 2016 to 2026, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
City of SydneyForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population224,211259,059288,158313,182335,045
Change in population (5yrs)--34,84829,09925,02421,863
Average annual change--2.93%2.15%1.68%1.36%
Households103,844115,410128,369140,604151,420
Average household size2.022.062.072.062.06
Population in non private dwellings13,99721,85422,95422,95422,954
Dwellings110,812123,665137,969151,262162,987
Dwelling occupancy rate93.7193.3293.0492.9592.90

Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, October 2017.

Forecast population, households and average household size
Forecast population, households and average household size 2036 Average household size: 2.06 2035 Average household size: 2.06 2034 Average household size: 2.06 2033 Average household size: 2.06 2032 Average household size: 2.06 2031 Average household size: 2.06 2030 Average household size: 2.06 2029 Average household size: 2.06 2028 Average household size: 2.06 2027 Average household size: 2.07 2026 Average household size: 2.07 2025 Average household size: 2.06 2024 Average household size: 2.06 2023 Average household size: 2.06 2022 Average household size: 2.06 2021 Average household size: 2.06 2020 Average household size: 2.05 2019 Average household size: 2.05 2018 Average household size: 2.04 2017 Average household size: 2.03 2016 Average household size: 2.02 2036 Average household size: 2.06 2035 Average household size: 2.06 2034 Average household size: 2.06 2033 Average household size: 2.06 2032 Average household size: 2.06 2031 Average household size: 2.06 2030 Average household size: 2.06 2029 Average household size: 2.06 2028 Average household size: 2.06 2027 Average household size: 2.07 2026 Average household size: 2.07 2025 Average household size: 2.06 2024 Average household size: 2.06 2023 Average household size: 2.06 2022 Average household size: 2.06 2021 Average household size: 2.06 2020 Average household size: 2.05 2019 Average household size: 2.05 2018 Average household size: 2.04 2017 Average household size: 2.03 2036 Households: 151,414 2035 Households: 149,302 2034 Households: 147,159 2033 Households: 145,042 2032 Households: 142,751 2031 Households: 140,606 2030 Households: 138,393 2029 Households: 136,140 2028 Households: 133,487 2027 Households: 130,828 2026 Households: 128,367 2025 Households: 125,491 2024 Households: 122,655 2023 Households: 120,038 2022 Households: 117,455 2021 Households: 115,406 2020 Households: 113,036 2019 Households: 110,910 2018 Households: 109,157 2017 Households: 106,765 2016 Households: 103,841 2036 Total population: 335,045 2035 Total population: 330,795 2034 Total population: 326,430 2033 Total population: 322,178 2032 Total population: 317,541 2031 Total population: 313,182 2030 Total population: 308,638 2029 Total population: 304,047 2028 Total population: 298,572 2027 Total population: 293,190 2026 Total population: 288,158 2025 Total population: 281,950 2024 Total population: 275,733 2023 Total population: 270,005 2022 Total population: 263,949 2021 Total population: 259,059 2020 Total population: 253,269 2019 Total population: 247,303 2018 Total population: 241,894 2017 Total population: 232,189 2016 Total population: 224,211
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of the City of Sydney was estimated to be 224,211 people. It is expected to increase by over 88,900 people to 313,182 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 3.40%. This is based on an increase of over 36,700 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household rising from 2.02 to 2.06 by 2026.

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