Snapshot of North Sydney

The North Sydney Local Government Area is located on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, and covers 10 square kilometres. It is both urban and green in character, comprising two Central Business Districts (CBDs), smaller suburban centres, residential areas, parks and open spaces.

North Sydney is very densely populated thanks largely to the medium and high density apartments and dwellings which are forming a growing part of the landscape. The most densely populated suburbs are Kirribilli (87.36 PPH), Milsons Point-Lavender Bay (85.14 PPH) and Neutral Bay (81.25 PPH). Residents live in 36,846 dwellings with an average household size of 1.99 persons per household.

 

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KEY STATISTICS

Characteristic

2016

2011

Population (Adjusted by ABS for undercounts)

72,037

66,747

Land area

1,049 hectares (10km2)

1,049 hectares (10km2)

Population density

64.50 persons per hectare (PPH)

59.38 persons per hectare (PPH)

Females outnumber males.

     

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52.8% female              47.2% male

 

North Sydney LGA has higher proportions of:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34)

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), and

  • Seniors (70 to 84)

It has lower proportions of:

  • Babies and preschoolers (0 to 4)

  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11), and

  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)

The Service Age Groups include:

North Sydney Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)

2016

2011

Change

Service age group (years)

Number

%

Number

%

2011 to 2016

Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)

3,846

5.7

3,354

5.4

+492

Primary schoolers (5 to 11)

3,562

5.3

2,667

4.3

+895

Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)

2,269

3.4

1,932

3.1

+337

Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)

4,156

6.1

4,322

6.9

-166

Young workforce (25 to 34)

16,352

24.2

16,569

26.6

-217

Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)

16,767

24.8

15,137

24.3

+1,630

Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)

7,490

11.1

6,994

11.2

+496

Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)

6,861

10.1

6,204

10.0

+657

Seniors (70 to 84)

5,205

7.7

4,040

6.5

+1,165

Elderly aged (85 and over)

1,146

1.7

1,070

1.7

+76

Total

67,654

100.0

62,289

100.0

+5,365

 

North Sydney Population and Housing Characteristics

The major driver of population change in the North Sydney Council area is the continued attractiveness of the area for young adults seeking inner city accommodation close to employment and entertainment. The addition of large numbers of new dwellings, particularly in Crows Nest-St Leonards and North Sydney will continue to feed population growth. The proximity to rail transport and other services, as well as the higher share of rental stock (apartments) is attractive to young professionals and new parents and homebuilders.

 

North Sydney’s housing situation is complex. Like other sort after areas of Sydney, North Sydney is increasingly embracing medium and high density housing. Consider some of the following characteristics:

  • The total number of households in North Sydney Council area increased by 1,494 between 2011 and 2016

  • 89.2% of the dwellings are medium or high density, compared to 33% in New South Wales.

  • Of these, 3,940 are unoccupied private dwellings.

  • Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 1,352 households or 21.4%.

  • Families are prepared to live in apartments to take advantage of proximity to schools, work, transport and amenities. Of all the Local Government Areas in Australia, North Sydney ranks 9th at 11.4%, in terms of the highest concentrations of children living in apartments.

  • There is also proportionally a higher number of lone person households (32.4%) and group households (6.1%) - significantly higher than the State averages (22.4% and 3.9% respectively).

  • 43% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 47.4% were renting (mostly privately) and 1.6% were in social housing in 2016.

 

North Sydney Education Characteristics

Our local government area supports over 17,000 students. A significant number of students travel to North Sydney from outside the area.

 

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Infants and Primary School Students

  • There are 11 institutions providing infants and primary school care to young people in the North Sydney LGA. In 2017, 5,158 primary school students were enrolled in the 4 public schools.

  • A survey of the 7 private schools in 2015 showed that of the 2055 students enrolled, 1,406 were from outside the LGA, which represents 68% of total attendees.

  • Non local students attending schools ranged from 5% at Cammeray Public School to 89% at St Aloysius.

Secondary School Students

  • There are 10 schools providing junior secondary and senior secondary schooling to young people in North Sydney, the majority being private schools. A survey of the schools in 2015 showed that they educate 8,523 young people between year 7 and year 12.

  • Three of the schools, Cammeraygal High School, North Sydney Boys High and North Sydney Girls High are public schools, with the last two being selective public schools. Seven are private schools.

Adult and Tertiary Education

  • Adult education is alive and well in North Sydney. North Sydney is home to the Australian Catholic University, a TAFE College, a number of business and industry training colleges and institutes as well as community and personal development courses through local providers.

Economic and Employment Snapshot

  • There were 92,467 jobs located in the North Sydney Council area as of the 30th June 2016.

  • There were 48,769 residents employed as of the 30th June 2016.

  • 37,792 people living in North Sydney Council area in 2011 were employed, of which 75% worked full-time and 24% part-time.

  • In 2015, the Business Services sector accounted for 56.0% of employment in North Sydney Council area. The other significant sectors were Household Services (21.5%) and Goods Related (17.6%) industries.

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Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD)

  • In 2016, 23% of people in North Sydney Council area, came from countries where English was not their first language.

  • 28% of new arrivals born overseas - 7,128 - arrived in Australia between 2011 to 9 August 2016!

  • North Sydney’s newest and fastest growing non-English speaking background arrivals are from China, India and the Philippines which is consistent with Australia’s general CALD immigration numbers.

  • Though we have high numbers of people from Japan, there has been a small decrease in this population. Most new arrivals have immigrated under skilled migration or family visas and many are studying.

  • North Sydney is also home to a significant number of culturally diverse people born in English speaking countries. The table below shows the top ten countries by birth of our residents.

 

Birthplace - Ranked by size

North Sydney Council area - Overseas born (Usual residence)

2016

2011

Change

Birthplace

Number

%

Number

%

2011 to 2016

United Kingdom

5,172

7.6

5,009

8.0

+163

New Zealand

2,024

3.0

2,055

3.3

-31

China

1,961

2.9

1,382

2.2

+579

India

1,328

2.0

925

1.5

+403

South Africa

1,096

1.6

958

1.5

+138

United States of America

1,053

1.6

911

1.5

+142

Japan

1,027

1.5

1,040

1.7

-13

Hong Kong

958

1.4

888

1.4

+70

Philippines

673

1.0

490

0.8

+183

Malaysia

559

0.8

556

0.9

+3

 

English Speaking countries are in yellow and all show an increase between 2011 -2016 except New Zealand.

 

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  • In the North Sydney Council area, 22% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016. The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in North Sydney Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

    • Mandarin (+782 persons)

    • Portuguese (+264 persons)

    • Spanish (+239 persons)

    • Hindi (+176 persons)

The top 10 Languages spoken at home in North Sydney were:

Language (excludes English)

Number

%

Number

%

2011 to 2016

Mandarin

2,276

3.4

1,494

2.4

+782

Cantonese

1,658

2.5

1,662

2.7

-4

Japanese

1,191

1.8

1,174

1.9

+17

Spanish

941

1.4

702

1.1

+239

French

735

1.1

563

0.9

+172

Hindi

538

0.8

362

0.6

+176

Italian

503

0.7

418

0.7

+85

Thai

495

0.7

343

0.6

+152

German

484

0.7

435

0.7

+49

Portuguese

438

0.6

174

0.3

+264

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders number 201 of North Sydney’s residents making up 0.3% of the population, significantly lower than the average for NSW (2.9%).

 

Religion in North Sydney

According to the 2016 ABS Census, North Sydney LGA, has a rapidly growing rate of people answering “No Religion” to the non-compulsory question: ‘What is the person's religion?’. Christian denominations made up 29,078 people and of the top ten religions in North Sydney, four were non-Christian denominations (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam).

 

North Sydney Total persons

2016

2011

Change

Religion

Number

%

Number

%

2011 to 2016

No Religion

25,231

37.3

17,976 

28.9

+7,255

Western (Roman) Catholic

14,411

21.3

14,322

23.0

+89

Anglican

8,763

13.0

10,836

17.4

-2,073

Buddhism

1,855

2.7

1,960

3.1

-105

Hinduism

1,551

2.3

1,221

2.0

+330

Uniting Church

1,285

1.9

1,558

2.5

-273

Presbyterian and Reformed

1,245

1.8

1,438

2.3

-193

Christian, nfd

965

1.4

888

1.4

+77

Orthodox (Greek, Russian & Serbian)

753

1.1

758

1.2

-5

Judaism

648

1.0

681

1.1

-33

Islam

471

0.7

431

0.7

+40

 

North Sydney as a destination

In addition to large numbers of people who come to North Sydney for work or to study, the local area is also popular for visitors and tourists. At certain times of the year and for special events, tens of thousands of people travel to North Sydney to watch boat races by day, fireworks by night, or to simply picnic by the Harbour. Monthly markets, in three locations throughout North Sydney, as well as Christmas, Youth Week and other festival events, attract thousands more.

 

The Coal Loader and surrounds is a significant environmental facility attracting visitors.

 

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