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Macarthur Region

Population and dwellings

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291,627

ABS Estimated Resident Population 2016

The Census usual resident population of the Macarthur Region in 2016 was 283,743, living in 98,312 dwellings with an average household size of 2.99.

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 Macarthur Region at the last Census, with comparisons to previous Census years for the Census counts only. The current estimate for the Macarthur 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 Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region - Total persons20162011Change
PopulationNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Estimated Resident Population291,627----254,219----+37,408
Enumerated Population282,081----244,539----+37,542
Usual Resident Population283,743----245,948----+37,795

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
Macarthur Region - Total people (Usual residence)20162011Change
Population groupNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Males139,54549.249.3120,83349.149.2+18,712
Females144,19750.850.7125,11550.950.8+19,082
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population9,4433.31.56,8802.81.2+2,563
Australian citizens245,33086.579.5215,97487.882.5+29,356
Eligible voters (citizens aged 18+)177,50762.660.0155,56263.362.4+21,945
Population over 15220,51677.781.3190,18977.380.8+30,327
Overseas visitors (enumerated)1,604----713----+891

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
Macarthur Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
DwellingsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total dwellings98,312100.0100.086,169100.0100.0+12,143
Occupied private dwellings93,31794.992.581,86695.092.9+11,451
Population in non-private dwellings3,488----3,062----+426
Average household size (persons per dwelling)2.99--2.722.96--2.69+0.03

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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