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Greater Western Sydney Region

Population and dwellings

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2,232,661

ABS Estimated Resident Population 2016

The Census usual resident population of the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 was 2,157,970, living in 743,940 dwellings with an average household size of 3.02.

There are a number of different ways of measuring the population of an area, all of which give an insight into the size of the place and its rate of growth over different time periods. The Census counts people where they are on the night of the Census (enumerated population) and also by where they usually live (usual residence). Both these populations are useful and form the basis for a range of characteristics collected in the Census.

However, the most accurate count of the total population is Estimated Resident Population, which factors in an estimate of those missed in the Census and those who were overseas on Census night. It is usually higher than either Census count, and is also updated annually after the Census, providing preliminary estimates for up to 5 years.

This page provides the three population counts for the Greater Western Sydney Region at the last Census, with comparisons to previous Census years for the Census counts only. The current estimate for the Greater Western Sydney Region at the most recent year available is shown at the top of the page. This figure is a preliminary estimate only and is subject to review after the next Census data are released. Please use with caution.

Also included are a range of sub-population groups and key statistics from the Census (usual resident) population, such as citizens, employed persons and Indigenous population.

These figures all provide the context for the size of the population and growth rate within the Greater Western Sydney Region and should be looked at in conjunction with other basic demographic information, such as Age Structure, Dwelling Type and Household Size.

The data on this page are sourced from a variety of different tables and designed to give a range of population and dwelling numbers for the area.

Population
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons20162011Change
PopulationNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Estimated Resident Population2,232,661------------
Enumerated Population2,152,279----1,936,745----+215,534
Usual Resident Population2,157,970----1,943,283----+214,687

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Selected subpopulation categories
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total people (Usual residence)20162011Change
Population groupNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Males1,071,41749.749.3962,50149.549.2+108,916
Females1,086,46750.450.7980,78250.550.8+105,685
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population40,7821.91.532,1421.71.2+8,640
Australian citizens1,758,29981.579.51,641,51484.582.5+116,785
Eligible voters (citizens aged 18+)1,286,77559.660.01,198,64061.762.4+88,135
Population over 151,703,52579.081.31,522,90378.480.8+180,622
Overseas visitors (enumerated)21,914----11,864----+10,050

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Dwellings
Greater Western Sydney Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
DwellingsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total dwellings743,940100.0100.0679,735100.0100.0+64,205
Occupied private dwellings700,53994.292.5643,94594.792.9+56,594
Population in non-private dwellings36,838----31,997----+4,841
Average household size (persons per dwelling)3.02--2.722.97--2.69+0.05

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

*Note that this is an estimate based on ERP at the SA1 level. It is subject to review after the next Census data release and may not match .id's population forecasts.

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