New South Wales - Australian Population 2022

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New South Wales (NSW) - Population 2022

The population of New South Wales is just under 8 million people as of march 2018. The number is expected to be over 8 million by 2019, with the percentage increase in previous years being 1.4%. The capital of NSW (New South Wales) is Sydney, which is the most populated city in the country. The greater Sydney area has over 5 million people, which grows increasingly every year. Just under two thirds of New South Wales’ population live in Sydney!

Capital of NSW - Sydney

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.  

Demographic - Male & Female

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

Female3,794,217 Females50.7%
Male3,686,014 Males49.3%

Country of Birth

Based on statistics released from the Australian National Bureau of Statistics in the 2016 census, England (3.9%) is the highest place of overseas birth followed by New Zealand (2.2%). As to be expected Australia is the highest place of birth at 66.7%, although this is decreasing from 69.8% in 2011 when the previous census was conducted.

RankCountry of Birth2016 (%)2011 (%)
3.New Zealand2.22.2


Median Age

The New South Wales populations median age is 38 years old. The biggest age group is 30-34 year olds at 7.2% of the NSW population (540,360 People). This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

👤 38 Years Old

States and territories population

States and TerritoriesPopulation March 2019
Percentage change over 2017-18
New South Wales – Sydney7,988,2411.5%
Victoria – Melbourne6,460,6752.2%
Queensland – Brisbane5,011,2161.7%
South Austrlia – Adelaide1,736,4220.7%
Western Australia – Perth2,595,1920.8%
Tasmania – Hobart528,2011.1%
Capital Territory – Canberra420,9602.2%
Northern Territory – Darwin247,327-0.1%
*Total Australian Population24,899,1001.6%

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


Median weekly household income

The New South Wales population has an average weekly household income of $1,486. However, the average personal income was $664 a week. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 

💲 1,486 a week

Median weekly rent

The New South Wales population pays on average $380 a week in rent. The average amount of people per household is 2.6 in NSW. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

💲 380 a week

Religion Affiliation

The top response for religious affiliation  was “No religion” at 25.1%, closely followed by Catholic at 24.7% of the New South Wales population. Since the last census in 2011 the number of people responding as having no religion has gone up by 7.6%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census


New South Wales has a variety of occupations, but nearly a quarter of the population are “professionals” at 23.6%. The next highest occupation is “clerical and administrative workers” at 13.8% which is lower than the Australian average of 15.1%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census

Most populated areas in New South Wales 2022

RankCityEstimated Population
1Sydney – New South Wales5,230,330
2Melbourne – Victoria4,963,349
3Brisbane – Queensland2,462,637
4Perth – New South Wales
5Adelaide –South Australia
6Gold Coast– Tweed Heads (Queensland / New South Wales)
7Newcastle – New South Wales
8Canberra – Queanbeyan (Australian Capital Territory / New South Wales)
9Sunshine Coast – Queensland

10Wollongong – New South Wales

11Geelong –Victoria268,277
12Hobart – Tasmania
13Townsville –

14Cairns – Queensland

15Darwin – Northern Territory

*The Central coast is not included in the list, as Sydney‘s greater capital city statistical area encompasses the Central Coast city. The latest estimate of the significant urban area of the Central Coast is 329,437 people, in June 2017. 3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia Estimated Resident Population, Significant Urban Areas, Australia (Government Statistics).

Facts about Australia's Population

  • NSW was founded as a penal colony in 1788 and had a land mass of more than half of Australia. 
  • NSW has a land mass of 802 000 square kilometres or 10.4% of Australia’s total land.
  • The Sydney opera house has over 1 million tiles covering it roof.
  • coastline is  2137 km long
  • NSW’ famous Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage area. 

Scott Morrison

Prime Minister (Since 2018)

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. He assumed office in August 2018 upon his election as leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. Morrison was born in Sydney and studied economic geography at the University of New South Wales.

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