The Hills Shire
Drivers of population change
Development historyThe Hills Shire is a predominantly residential and rural municipality in Sydney's north-west. The rural areas in the northern areas of the Shire boast significant amounts of agriculture, national parks, as well as semi-rural and rural-residential living. The southern areas of the Shire feature well-established residential and commercial areas as well as large areas of recent residential and employment development.
Migration patternsThe Hills Shire has increased significantly in population since the Second World War. Major periods of development include the 1950s and 1960s in suburbs such as Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill and West Pennant Hills. In the last twenty years, significant development has occurred in suburbs such Glenhaven, Kellyville, Beaumont Hills and Rouse Hill. The primary housing market role that the Shire played over this period was to provide affordable home owning opportunities for families and prospective families from areas to the south and east. This role is expected to continue with additional areas of the Shire being identified for future urban development over the next twenty years. This growth is to be focussed in Kellyville and Box Hill as well as remaining areas of Rouse Hill. In conjunction with new development areas in neighbouring Blacktown City, the Shire will therefore be catering for a significant amount of metropolitan Sydney’s demand for greenfield land. Demand for residential development in the Shire’s growth areas will come both from new households forming in the established areas of The Hills Shire as well as areas to the south.
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, May 2016.
Note: The migration flows depicted above are historical and do not represent future or forecast migration flows or subsequent council boundary changes. The arrows represent migration flows to the area as a whole and do not indicate an origin or destination for any specific localities within the area. Overseas flow shows overseas arrivals only, based on answers to the census question “where did the person usually live 5-years ago.