Population of Sydney 2019 - Australia (NSW)

"City of celebrations"

The population of Sydney in 2019,  is a very diverse city with a population of over 5.1 million people in the greater Sydney area. However, urban centers around Sydney increase these figures greatly.  In 2018 CNN ranked Sydney the 5th most livable city in the world. Included in the list are Melbourne (2nd) and Adelaide (10th). The reason for the high ranking is because of the high quality of life Australian residence have.  


The official estimation of the Sydney  population as of June 2018 is 5,230,330
people. This is up by 93,411 from 2017 – 2018. (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


A man sitting under the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Demographic - Male & Female

The Greater Sydney population is split by 50.7% female and 49.3% male. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 


2,447,221 Females


2,376,766 Males

Median Age

The Greater Sydney populations median age is 36 years old. The biggest age group is 30-34 year olds at 8.1% of the greater Sydney population (392,950 People). This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

36 Years old

Median weekly household income

The Greater Sydney population has an average weekly household income of $1,750. However, the average personal income was $719 a week. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 

$1,750 a week

Median weekly rent

The Greater Sydney population pays on average $440 a week in rent. The average amount of people per household is 2.8 in SYD. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

$440 a week

States and territories population

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. 

Religious affiliation

The top response for religious affiliation  was “Catholic” at 25.1%, closely followed by “No Religion” at 24.6% of the Greater Sydney population. Since the last census in 2011 the number of people responding as having “no religion” has gone up, and shows to set a trend for the future . This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census. View our article on Types of religion in Australia.  


The Greater Sydney Population has a variety of occupations, but nearly a quarter of the population are “professionals” at 26.3%. The next highest occupation is “clerical and administrative workers” at 14.6% which is higher than the Australian average of 13.6%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census

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Facts about Sydney

  • Sydney’s ferry’s carry 14 million passengers every year and its been operating since 1875.
  • The initial estimated cost of building the Sydney opera house was AUD$ 7 Million but ended up costing a staggering $102 million.
  • With the population of Sydney growing so fast the city will need an extra 770,000 homes by 2036.
  • 1 in 8 people in Sydney are over 65 yeses of age. 
  • Over half of Australia’s top companies have their headquarters in Sydney