Population of Newcastle, Australia 2019 (NSW)

The population of Newcastle in 2019,  is a very diverse city with a population just under half a million people in the greater Newcastle significant urban area. Included in the below figure is the area of Maitland as it more accurately, displays population. Newcastle is the second most populated city in New South Wales, behind Sydney. The two cities are relatively close being only 162 kilometres (101 mi) from each other. 


The official estimation of Newcastle’s population is 486,704  people as of the last Government estimate in June 2018. 3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia Estimated Resident Population, Significant Urban Areas, Australia (Government Statistics


Other populated areas in New South Wales

RankSignificant Urban AreasPopulation
2Newcastle – Maitland481,183
3Central Coast329,437
5Albury – Wodonga91,923
6Coffs Harbour70,857
7Wagga Wagga56,181
8Port Macquarie46,948
11Bowral – Mittagong39,300
13Nowra – Bomaderry37,027
16Nelson Bay27,606
19Morisset – Cooranbong24,694
22Forster – Tuncurry21,020
25St Georges Basin – Sanctuary Point18,770
26Broken Hill17,780
27Camden Haven17,343
29Batemans Bay16,452

States and TerritoriesPopulation March 2019
Percentage change over 2017-18
New south Wales7,988,2411.5%
South Australia1,736,4220.7%
Western Australia2,595,1920.8%
Australian Capital Territory420,9602.2%
Northern Territory247,327-0.1%
*Total Australian Population24,899,1001.6%

*Figure includes other teritorries including Jervis Bay Territory, Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island and Christmas Island. 

Newcastle, New South Wales

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Demographic - Male & Female

The Newcastle population is split by 50.9% female and 49.1% male. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 


235,842 Females


227,212 Males

Median Age

Newcastle’s population median age is 39 years old. The biggest age group is 20-24 year olds at 6.9% of the Newcastle – Maitland population (31,734 People). This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

39 Years old

Median weekly household income

The population of Newcastle has an average weekly household income of $1,324. However, the average personal income was $623 a week. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 

$1,324 a week

Median weekly rent

The population of Newcastle pays on average $320 a week in rent. The average amount of people per household is 2.5 in Newcastle. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

$320 a week

States and territories population

Industry of employment

The Population of  Newcastle has a variety of jobs, but a large chunk of the population are “Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals)” at 3.5%. The next highest industry of employment is “Coal Mining” at 3% which is much higher than the Australian average of 0.4%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census

Religious affiliation

The top response for religious affiliation  was “No Religion” at 29.3%, followed by “Catholic” at 22.4% of Newcastle’s population. Overall, this data shows that Newcastle is not a religious city, which is similar to the other major cities in Australia. This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census. View our article on types of religion in Australia.  

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Facts about Newcastle

  • Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia. It was founded in 1797! 
  • Newcastle is a beach side city and there are 6 beaches within a five minute walk from the CBD. 
  • The fort of Scratchley was the only fortress to engage an enemy vessel in the time of war.
  • Newcastle used to have the largest tram system in all of Australia.