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NEW SOUTH WALES
POPULATION CHANGE IN GREATER SYDNEY
At June 2011, 4.61 million people resided in Greater Sydney, or 64% of the state's total population. Population growth in Greater Sydney accounted for three-quarters of NSW's total population growth in the ten years to 2011.
Across Greater Sydney, growth between 2001 and 2011 was highest in the north-west corridor, with the SA4s of Sydney - Parramatta and Sydney - Blacktown up 64,400 and 48,100 people respectively. There was also significant growth in the two inner-city SA4s of Sydney - City and Inner South (up 62,000 people) and Sydney - Inner South West (49,700). During the same period the Central Coast SA4 grew by 25,400 people.
Growth in Greater Sydney
From June 2001 to June 2011, the SA2s with the ten largest population increases in NSW were all within Greater Sydney. The largest increase was in Parklea - Kellyville Ridge which grew by 18,700 people to reach 23,100 at June 2011. This was followed by the neighbouring Kellyville (up 11,900 people) and Rouse Hill - Beaumont Hills (9,300), in Sydney's north-west corridor. Inner-city population growth was also apparent with Waterloo - Beaconsfield increasing by 11,500 people, Sydney - Haymarket - The Rocks by 10,500, and Pyrmont - Ultimo by 8,700. Other SA2s with large growth included Warnervale - Wadalba (up 8,200 people) on the Central Coast, and Concord West - North Strathfield (7,700), Homebush Bay - Silverwater (7,400) and Auburn (7,400), all in Sydney's central-west.
Population decline in Greater Sydney
More than one in ten SA2s within Greater Sydney experienced population decline in the ten years to June 2011. The largest losses were in Minto - St Andrews (down 1,600 people) and Claymore - Eagle Vale - Raby (down 1,100), in the outer south-west, and St Clair (down 1,100) and Cambridge Park (down 1,000), in the outer west.
POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REMAINDER OF NSW
Just over one-third of NSW residents lived outside of Greater Sydney in June 2011. Between 2001 and 2011, the population in the remainder of NSW increased by 158,600 people to reach 2.61 million.
Between 2001 and 2011, the Hunter Valley (exc Newcastle) SA4 had the largest and fastest population increase in the remainder of NSW (up 31,500 people or 14%). This was followed by Capital Region (up 21,800 people), which borders most of the Australian Capital Territory, Richmond - Tweed (20,100), on the far north coast, and the adjacent Mid North Coast (18,200). The only SA4 to decline in population was Far West and Orana (down 6,000 people).
Newcastle and Wollongong
The SA4s immediately north and south of Greater Sydney, Newcastle - Lake Macquarie, and Illawarra, also had strong growth in the ten years to 2011. Within Newcastle - Lake Macquarie, the largest and fastest growth was in the SA2 of Maryland - Fletcher - Minmi (up 3,000 people or 35%), followed by Edgeworth - Cameron Park (2,500) and Newcastle - Cooks Hill (2,200), while the largest decline was in Beresfield - Hexham (down 400 people). In Illawarra, the largest and fastest growth occurred in Shellharbour - Flinders (up 5,700 people or 69%), followed by inner-city Wollongong (4,700) and Albion Park - Macquarie Pass (2,400). The largest population loss in Illawarra was in Warilla (down 1,100 people).
Coastal and hinterland change
In the ten years to June 2011, the largest and fastest growth in coastal and coastal hinterland areas (outside of Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) was in the Maitland - West SA2 in the Lower Hunter Valley (up 4,800 people or 34%). This was followed by Tweed Heads - South (up 4,600 people) on the north coast, Nowra (4,600) on the south coast, Maitland - East (4,000) in the Lower Hunter Valley and Pottsville (3,300) on the north coast.
Culburra Beach and North Nowra - Bomaderry, both located on the south coast, had the largest population losses of all coastal and hinterland SA2s (excluding those in Newcastle and Wollongong) for this period, down 550 and 420 people respectively. The largest declines on the north coast were in Lismore (down 230 people) and Byron Bay (down 210).
Population growth occurred in a number of SA2s within major regional cities and towns in inland NSW. The largest growth between June 2001 and June 2011 was in Orange - North (up 3,700 people), Queanbeyan West - Jerrabomberra (3,600), Wagga Wagga - South (3,500), and Albury - East (3,300). The largest declines over this ten year period were in Broken Hill (down 2,000 people) and Moree (down 1,500).
Of the remaining mainly rural SA2s, the largest growth occurred in Queanbeyan Region (up 4,200 people) and Yass Region (2,400), both of which border the Australian Capital Territory. There was also large growth in Orange Region (up 1,100 people) and Tamworth Region (1,100), both of which surround major regional centres. Reflecting the effects of drought in many parts of rural NSW, more than half of these predominantly rural areas had population declines in the ten years to 2011, with the largest loss in Griffith Region (down 1,700 people).
CENTRE OF POPULATION
The centre of population for NSW at June 2011 was near the banks of the Hawkesbury River near Lower Portland. Between 2001 and 2011, the centre moved 3.4 kilometres south-east. This reflects strong population growth in Greater Sydney and along the NSW coast.
At June 2011, the centre of population of Greater Sydney was just north of the Parramatta River, in the suburb of Ermington.
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