New South Wales - Australia Population 2023

"The First State"

Highlighted areas of New South Wales, Australia

The population of New South Wales is just under 8 million people as of march 2018. The number is expected to be over 8 million by 2019, with the percentage increase in previous years being 1.4%. The capital of NSW (New South Wales) is Sydney, which is the most populated city in the country. The greater Sydney area has over 5 million people, which grows increasingly every year. Just under two thirds of New South Wales’ population live in Sydney!


The official estimation of the New South Wales  population as of March 2019 is 7,988,241
people. This is up by 120,305 from the 31st of March 2017. That’s a 1.5% increase! (Government Statistics


Most populated areas in New South Wales

RankSignificant Urban AreasPopulation
2Newcastle – Maitland481,183
3Central Coast329,437
5Albury – Wodonga91,923
6Coffs Harbour70,857
7Wagga Wagga56,181
8Port Macquarie46,948
11Bowral – Mittagong39,300
13Nowra – Bomaderry37,027
16Nelson Bay27,606
19Morisset – Cooranbong24,694
22Forster – Tuncurry21,020
25St Georges Basin – Sanctuary Point18,770
26Broken Hill17,780
27Camden Haven17,343
29Batemans Bay16,452

Capital of NSW - Sydney

Sydney - New South Wales

The population of Sydney in 2019,  is a very diverse city with a population of over 5.1 million people in the greater Sydney area. However, urban centers around Sydney increase these figures greatly.  In 2018 CNN ranked Sydney the 5th most livable city in the world. Included in the list are Melbourne (2nd) and Adelaide (10th). The reason for the high ranking is because of the high quality of life Australian residence have.  

Demographic - Male & Female

The New South Wales population is split by 50.7% female and 49.3% male. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 


3,794,217 Females


3,686,014 Males

Median Age

The New South Wales populations median age is 38 years old. The biggest age group is 30-34 year olds at 7.2% of the NSW population (540,360 People). This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

38 Years old

Median weekly household income

The New South Wales population has an average weekly household income of $1,486. However, the average personal income was $664 a week. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census. 

$1,486 a week

Median weekly rent

The New South Wales population pays on average $380 a week in rent. The average amount of people per household is 2.6 in NSW. This data was obtain through the most recent Australian government census

$380 a week

States and territories population

States and TerritoriesPopulation March 2019
Percentage change over 2017-18
New South Wales7,988,2411.5%
South Australia1,736,4220.7%
Western Australia2,595,1920.8%
Australian Capital Territory420,9602.2%
Northern Territory247,327-0.1%
*Total Australian Population24,899,1001.6%

*Figure includes other teritorries including Jervis Bay Territory, Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island and Christmas Island. 

Religious affiliation

The top response for religious affiliation  was “No religion” at 25.1%, closely followed by Catholic at 24.7% of the New South Wales population. Since the last census in 2011 the number of people responding as having no religion has gone up by 7.6%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census


New South Wales has a variety of occupations, but nearly a quarter of the population are “professionals” at 23.6%. The next highest occupation is “clerical and administrative workers” at 13.8% which is lower than the Australian average of 15.1%.  This data was obtained from the most recent Australian government census

Facts about New South Wales

  • NSW was founded as a penal colony in 1788 and had a land mass of more than half of Australia. 
  • NSW has a land mass of 802 000 square kilometres or 10.4% of Australia’s total land.
  • The Sydney opera house has over 1 million tiles covering it roof.
  • coastline is  2137 km long
  • NSW’ famous Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage area.