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Demographics

The estimated population of Blacktown City for 2016 is 340,000 people. This is based upon official trend data applied to the most recent published Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated resident population.

We have a number of on line 'self serve' Census products that can assist you with the demographic information you need. These include:

  • Profile. iD (http://www.profile.id.com.au/blacktown) that presents a comprehensive socio-demographic profile at the Local Government Area, precinct and suburb levels. It presents data from the Austalian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses of Population and Housing.
  • Atlas.iD (www.atlas.id.com.au/blacktown) uses thematic maps based on data from the 2006 Census (soon to be updated to 2011 Census) to show at the finest level of detail, where specific groups of people live. It can identify and map concentrations of specific communities.
  • Forecast.iD (www.forecast.id.com.au/blacktown) provides population and household forecasts for the period 2012 to 2036 (soon to be updated with 2011 Census). It also describes the residential role and function of the City and its suburbs.
  • Economy.iD (www.economy.id.com.au/blacktown) presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths.

Overview of Blacktown City

  • Based on the Estimated Resident Population (ERP)  and trend data, the estimated population of Blacktown City for 2016 is 340,000 people.
  • Blacktown City’s Gross Regional Product is estimated at $14 billion for 2015 – 2016.
  • We are the second largest Local Government Area (by population) in New South Wales (NSW).
  • Total land area - 247 square kilometres.
  • Total number of suburbs - 48 (including a mix of older established suburbs and newer developing areas.).
  • Number of dwellings - Approximately 100,000.
  • Industrial employment land - 3000+ hectares.
  • The projected annual population growth within Blacktown City is 1.9%.
  • Forecast population – 448,797 by 2036 (Source - Forecast.iD).

Population Trends

Trend

Blacktown

New South Wales

Population Change 
2006 - 2011

Gain of 31,867 people, (11.4% growth)

(5.8% growth)

Dwelling change 
2006 - 2011

Gain of 7,468 dwellings, (8.0% growth)

(5.0% growth)

Average household size 
(persons per household)

Increase from 3.02 to 3.10

Increase from 2.58 to 2.59

 

Age Profile

Trend

Blacktown

New South Wales

Median age

32 - stable

38 - increasing

Number of 0 - 4 year olds

25,415, 8.5%, up by 3,003 - increasing

6.6% - increasing

Number of 50 - 64 year olds (baby boomers)

15.9% - increasing

18.3 - increasing

Number aged 65+

9.0% - increasing

14.7% - increasing

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Who are we?

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 

Blacktown City local government area has the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in NSW with 8,195 people making up 2.7% of the population (1.2% Greater Sydney and 2.5% NSW).

 

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity


Trend

Blacktown

New South Wales

% overseas born

37.6% - up from 34.2% in 2006

25.7% - up from 23.7% in 2006

% Language other than English

36.9% - up from 32.4% in 2006

22.5% - up from 20.1% in 2006

% Poor English proficiency

4.7% - up from 4.4%

3.9% - up from 3.7%

 

Languages Spoken

Other than English, the most common languages spoken in households across the City are Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Arabic, Punjabi and Samoan.

Socio-economic Characteristics

 

Housing

Trend

Blacktown

New South Wales

Median Household income (weekly)

$1,386 up 24% since 2006

$1,233, up 19% since 2006

Mortgage payments (weekly)

$485 up 23% since 2006

$460 up 31% since 2006

Rental payments

$300 up 50% since 2006

$300 up 43% since 2006

 

Education and Training

In 2011, 41.9% of the Blacktown City population aged 15 years and over, held post school educational qualifications compared to 48.3% for Greater Sydney and 45.8% for New South Wales. At the same time, 57,120 people reported having achieved a tertiary qualification.  

From 2006-2011,the major changes in the qualifications of the population of Blacktown City were for residents with Bachelor or Higher Degrees (+12,701 persons) , vocational qualifications (+5,282 persons) and Advanced Diplomas or Diplomas (+4,620 persons). However, at the same time there was an increase in the number of people with no formal qualifications (+5,157).

In the Mt Druitt Precinct, 32.9% of the population aged 15 years and over held educational qualifications compared to 42.8% for the Blacktown Precinct and 51.7% for the North West Precinct, highlighting that there are distinct variations in the levels of advantage and disadvantage within the City.

Employment

Blacktown City's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. In 2011, 92.8% of the eligible labour force (144,098) of Blacktown City were employed with 91,619 engaged in full time work and 38,510 employed part time.

The City's unemployment rate (7.2%) was higher than in Greater Sydney (5.7%) and NSW (5.9%), with the following variations across the three City precincts: 

  • Blacktown Precinct  - (7.3%)
  • North-West Precinct - (5.2%)
  • Mt Druitt Precinct - (10.5%)

 

Transport and Travel

85.4% of households (96,399) in the City have access to a motor vehicle in the home. In 2011, the most common mode of transport to work was "by car as a driver" (80,710 people or 60.6%) or "as a passenger "(7,811 people or 5.9%). Train was the second highest (19,674 people or 14.8%).

Between 2006 and 2011, the major changes in the mode of transport to work for residents of Blacktown City included the following trends:

  • An increase in the number of people travelling by car as the driver (+10,449)
  • Increased use of train travel (+3,205) and bus (+2,116) and 
  • An increase in people working from home (+334)

A comparison of Blacktown City residents with residents of Greater Sydney, shows that in 2011, 17.7% used public transport and 68.2% used a private vehicle, while 20.0% of Greater Sydney travellers accessed public transport and 60.0% used a private vehicle as their mode of travel to work.

Source: ABS Census 2011 and 2006

City Information

Blacktown's diverse land use also continues to attract developers and retailers to the largest quantity of zoned and serviced industrial and commercial land throughout NSW.

Access into and out of Blacktown is provided by the transport links inclusive of the Western Railway Line from Sydney, the Great Western Highway, Richmond Road and the M2, M4 and M7 Motorways There are 1,019km of local roads and 100km of Regional roads within Blacktown.

Eastern Creek, Ropes Creek, South Creek, and Prospect Creek provide a natural buffer between areas of urban development.

A total of eight creeks and tributaries form part of the two major catchments of the area including the Nepean Hawkesbury Catchment and the Upper Parramatta River Catchment.

Blacktown's Central Business District/City Centre provides residents with numerous shopping facilities and services and is the Commercial Centre for government departments and local business.

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