NSW takes most popular state

Published: 13 Oct 2016

New population projection data shows NSW is the most popular state in the country to live and work.

The latest update to the state's projections predicts the NSW population will grow to 9.9 million by 2036 - an increase of 2.7 million residents from 2011.

Population projections show how the state's population is expected to change over the coming years and how this change will affect households and housing demand. Population specialists consider trends in births, deaths and migration to and from other states and countries. The data then helps the NSW Government plan the future of the state's services and infrastructure.

Other projections include:

  • Metropolitan Sydney will grow from 4.3 million in 2011 to 6.4 million by 2036 - an increase of 167,900 on the 2014 figures.
  • 726,000 additional homes are needed in Sydney between 2016 and 2036.
  • 1.5 million babies are likely to be born by 2036.

Learn more about the 2016 NSW population projections on the Department of Planning & Environment website.

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