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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 95,026 in 2011 to 134,965 in 2026, with the average household size rising from 1.97 to 2.04 by 2026.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the City of Sydney. The period 2011 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
Summary201120162021202620312036
Population183,281215,551248,213277,427302,943325,897
Change in population (5yrs)--32,27032,66129,21425,51622,954
Average annual change--3.30%2.86%2.25%1.78%1.47%
Households88,562100,600112,493125,832138,305149,334
Average household size1.972.012.032.042.042.04
Population in non private dwellings8,56913,08120,00121,10121,10121,101
Dwellings95,026107,808120,661134,965148,258159,983
Dwelling occupancy rate93.2093.3193.2393.2393.2993.34

Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, December 2016.

Forecast population, households and average household size
Forecast population, households and average household size 2036 Average household size: 2.04 2035 Average household size: 2.04 2034 Average household size: 2.04 2033 Average household size: 2.04 2032 Average household size: 2.04 2031 Average household size: 2.04 2030 Average household size: 2.04 2029 Average household size: 2.04 2028 Average household size: 2.04 2027 Average household size: 2.04 2026 Average household size: 2.04 2025 Average household size: 2.04 2024 Average household size: 2.03 2023 Average household size: 2.03 2022 Average household size: 2.03 2021 Average household size: 2.03 2020 Average household size: 2.03 2019 Average household size: 2.03 2018 Average household size: 2.02 2017 Average household size: 2.02 2016 Average household size: 2.01 2015 Average household size: 2.00 2014 Average household size: 1.99 2013 Average household size: 1.98 2012 Average household size: 1.98 2011 Average household size: 1.97 2036 Average household size: 2.04 2035 Average household size: 2.04 2034 Average household size: 2.04 2033 Average household size: 2.04 2032 Average household size: 2.04 2031 Average household size: 2.04 2030 Average household size: 2.04 2029 Average household size: 2.04 2028 Average household size: 2.04 2027 Average household size: 2.04 2026 Average household size: 2.04 2025 Average household size: 2.04 2024 Average household size: 2.03 2023 Average household size: 2.03 2022 Average household size: 2.03 2021 Average household size: 2.03 2020 Average household size: 2.03 2019 Average household size: 2.03 2018 Average household size: 2.02 2017 Average household size: 2.02 2016 Average household size: 2.01 2015 Average household size: 2.00 2014 Average household size: 1.99 2013 Average household size: 1.98 2012 Average household size: 1.98 2036 Households: 149,338 2035 Households: 147,182 2034 Households: 144,993 2033 Households: 142,834 2032 Households: 140,492 2031 Households: 138,306 2030 Households: 136,053 2029 Households: 133,747 2028 Households: 131,053 2027 Households: 128,353 2026 Households: 125,835 2025 Households: 122,900 2024 Households: 119,998 2023 Households: 117,303 2022 Households: 114,650 2021 Households: 112,493 2020 Households: 110,032 2019 Households: 107,820 2018 Households: 106,032 2017 Households: 103,585 2016 Households: 100,603 2015 Households: 97,119 2014 Households: 93,454 2013 Households: 91,161 2012 Households: 89,648 2011 Households: 88,558 2036 Total population: 325,897 2035 Total population: 321,412 2034 Total population: 316,819 2033 Total population: 312,350 2032 Total population: 307,481 2031 Total population: 302,943 2030 Total population: 298,309 2029 Total population: 293,602 2028 Total population: 288,021 2027 Total population: 282,571 2026 Total population: 277,427 2025 Total population: 271,236 2024 Total population: 265,095 2023 Total population: 259,412 2022 Total population: 253,288 2021 Total population: 248,213 2020 Total population: 242,489 2019 Total population: 237,075 2018 Total population: 232,305 2017 Total population: 223,271 2016 Total population: 215,551 2015 Total population: 205,683 2014 Total population: 196,359 2013 Total population: 190,467 2012 Total population: 186,550 2011 Total population: 183,281
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, December 2016.

Key findings

In 2011, the total population of the City of Sydney was estimated to be 183,281 people. It is expected to increase by over 94,100 people to 277,427 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 2.80%. This is based on an increase of over 37,200 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household rising from 1.97 to 2.04 by 2026.

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