Newcastle is located in New South Wales. With more than 440,000, Newcastle is Australia’s 7th largest urban area.
Newcastle is located 160 km north of Sydney. It is situated in the Hunter Region, bordered by stunning coastlines with beautiful beaches. It is also Australia’s second-largest non-state capital after Gold Coast.
Our research shows that Newcastle’s population will be 471,324 in June 2022. Because Australia Bureau Statistics ABS always follows the financial year of Australia when pushing data, we use June end each year.
This calculation is based upon the average annual growth rate of 1.73% for the last ten years. The analysis is based on the average growth rate of 1.73% during the previous ten years (see the table in the next section). We believe that using the most recent years’ data will improve the accuracy.
Population Growth of Newcastle
The growth rate of Newcastle’s population over the last ten years ranged from 0.25% up to 5.11%. This adds around 1,090 to 21,994 people to the total population each year.
The decline in employment has caused the growth rate to slow down slightly over the last decade. People are now moving across the country for better opportunities.
People prefer to stay due to the lower house prices than Sydney, which is only two hours drive from Sydney.
Demography of Newcastle
According to the Australian census, Newcastle has a large diversity.
There are five significant ancestries in Newcastle: English, Irish and Scottish. Other than English, the top five languages spoken in Newcastle include Macedonian (Italian, Mandarin, Greek, and Arabic).
Australia, England, China, New Zealand, India, Vietnam, and China are the top six countries of origin for Newcastle residents.
Newcastle’s religious makeup is 25.3% Catholic, 26.6% None religion, 22.3% Anglican, and 5.9% Uniting Church. 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed.
Population Density of Newcastle
Newcastle is home to 1,103 people per square kilometer. This makes it one of the most populated cities in New South Wales.
Occupations and Industries
According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, the most common occupations in Newcastle are 39.7% Professionals; 15.2% Managers; 12.0% Clerical and administrative workers; 8.8% Technicians & trades workers, 8.6% Community & Personal Service workers, 3.8% Laborers, 2.1% Machinery drivers, 1.5% Unspecified Occupation/ Not stated.
Newcastle’s primary industries include 15.1% Health and Social Assistance, 11.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 9.8% Education, Training, and 8.6% Accommodation, Food, and Service.
Facts about Newcastle
- Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004, is from Newcastle.
- The Newcastle LGA covers an area totaling 186.8 km. It connects to the Port Stephens LGA in North, Lake Macquarie South, Maitland, Cessnock West.
- Captain James Wallis was one of Australia’s most prominent colonial artists. Newcastle was established in 1888. The city still has strong ties to the arts and boasts one of Australia’s finest regional galleries.
- Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, was married to Novocastrian Jane Mason Ross in Newcastle in 1877.
- Newcastle is the home of Australia’s first European-style swimming pool – The Bogey Hole. Convicts created it under Major James Morriset in 1819.
- Newcastle was the home of the first “lighthouse” on the east coast, a coal-fired beacon located at Colliers Point that opened in 1804.
- In 1974, Joy Cummings was elected as the first female lord-mayor in Newcastle.
- The average daily hours of sunshine in Newcastle are 6.3 hours.
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