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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Nowra is 9,355, with a population density of 10.36 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Nowra is bounded by the Shoalhaven River in the north, the localities of Terara and Worrigee and Old Southern Road in the east, the locality of South Nowra and Shoalhaven State Forest in the south and Albatross Road, Yalwal Road, the locality of West Nowra and Nowra Creek in the west.

Name origin

Nowra is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "black cockatoo" or "camping place".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from 1852 when the township of Nowra was established. Population was minimal until the 1870s. Nowra developed as the largest town on the NSW south coast and the business and administrative 'capital' of Shoalhaven City. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly during the early 1990s, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Nowra is an established residential area, with substantial commercial areas. Predominate industries include retail, government, education and tourism. Nowra has a median age of 42.

Major features

Major features of the area include Shoalhaven City Council Administrative Building, Nowra Central Business District, Stockland Nowra (shopping centre), Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Nowra Private Hospital, Meerogal (historic home), Arunta Close Reserve, Davis Park, Endeavour Park, Harry Sawkins Park, Liberty Park, Lyrebird Oval, Marriott Park, Mavromattes Reserve, McLean Street Reserve, Nowra Apex Park, Nowra Park Recreation Ground, Nowra Showground, Ratcliffe Park, Stimson Park, West Street Oval, Nowra Olympic Pool, Nowra Cemetery and numerous schools.