HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW

Population by Local Health District

  • Population by Local Health District and year
  • by Local Health District, age trends
  • by Local Health District, age comparisons
    Age (years) Year
  • by Local Health District, population growth maps
Females, Albury Wodonga Health <br/> Authority, NSW Part
26933Females, Far West
14889Females, Western NSW
140160Females, Murrumbidgee
120652Females, Southern NSW
102485Females, Mid North Coast
111014Females, Northern NSW
151590Females, Hunter New England
462089Females, Central Coast
171575Females, Northern Sydney
467991Females, Nepean Blue Mountains
185456Females, Western Sydney
469836Females, Illawarra Shoalhaven
205013Females, South Eastern Sydney
459215Females, South Western Sydney
486117Females, Sydney
329844Males, Albury Wodonga Health <br/> Authority, NSW Part
25294Males, Far West
14939Males, Western NSW
139261Males, Murrumbidgee
120313Males, Southern NSW
102796Males, Mid North Coast
105398Males, Northern NSW
144941Males, Hunter New England
450263Males, Central Coast
163734Males, Northern Sydney
446242Males, Nepean Blue Mountains
182316Males, Western Sydney
478748Males, Illawarra Shoalhaven
200521Males, South Eastern Sydney
454806Males, South Western Sydney
478225Males, Sydney
  • + Source

    Based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated resident populations. Population projections based on data from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    Population estimates as at 30 June each year. Components may not add up to the total exactly and population estimates may not be the same as other publications, due to rounding.

    Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated resident populations are based on the 2016 Census; projected populations start from 2018. See Methods for details. 

    * projected population.

  • + Data Table
  • + Download
    • Add to My Report
    • Download the indicator content
    • Download the data
    • Download the associated information
    • Download the graph image
  • + Methods
  • + Codes
  • + Related Indicators
  • + Associated Information
    • Key points: Demography

      • The estimated residential population of NSW in 2017 was 7,861,068 which was just under one-third of Australia's population. The population of NSW in 2036 is projected to be approximately 9,925,548.

      • In 2017 the female population slightly outnumbered the male population (98.2 males per 100 females) and this gap is predicted to remain similar in 2036 (98.4 males per 100 females).

      • The proportion of females in the population increases with age. In 2017 females made up 50.4% of the total population but 53.3% of the NSW population aged 65 years or more, and 62.4% of the population aged 85 years or more.

      • The NSW population is predominantly urban. In 2016 approximately 75.0% of the NSW population lived in major cities, 18.8% lived in inner regional areas, and 6.2% in outer regional and remote areas.

      • In 2017 approximately 3.0% of the total population in NSW were Aboriginal and were relatively younger overall than the non-Aboriginal population. Of the total Aboriginal population in 2017, 12.1% were aged 0-4 years, compared with 6.6% of the non-Aboriginal population and 0.2% were aged 85 years and over, compared with 2.3% of the non-Aboriginal population . 

    • Introduction: Demography


      Demography is the study of populations, especially with reference to size and density, fertility, mortality, growth, age and sex distribution, migration and vital statistics and the interaction of all these with social and economic conditions.

      Understanding population trends informs decision-making in planning, allocating and providing a wide variety of services, including population and community health, primary health, specialist and hospital services. 

      Age and sex as determinants of health

      Age and sex are important determinants of the health of individuals. Thus, the age and sex structure of a population has a strong effect on patterns of illness and use of health services.

      The age and sex structure will vary among different regions, for reasons such as young adults moving to cities for study or work and older people retiring to coastal areas.


      A dictionary of epidemiology. Fifth edition. Oxford reference.

      NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Demography.

    • For more information: Demography

      Useful websites

      NSW Department of Planning and Environment at

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at

      healthdirect at

Last Updated At: Monday, 27 May 2019