Recently we looked at (and blogged briefly about) The National Centre of Population, which marks the location that is the shortest distance to every person in Australia.
The National Centre
Currently Australia’s population centre is located in far west NSW, in the Central Darling area, near Ivanhoe, a small rural town with a population of 265 people. Compared to five years ago, the centre of population has shifted about 12km north-west. This is due to the population growth in both Queensland and Western Australia which has pulled the focal point.
Based on this annual shift, Australia’s population centre in 2025 will have shifted north-west to the
town of Wilcannia, with a population of around 600.
The NSW Population Centre
The centre of population for NSW is currently located north of Sydney in The Hills Shire, near South Maroota and not far from the banks of the Hawkesbury River. The centre of NSW population is north of Sydney, due to the population pull of the Central Coast, Newcastle and the North Coast however, in the last five years, the centre shifted 1.3 kilometres in a south-easterly direction, indicating the increasing population growth in Sydney, the South Coast and along the NSW coast generally compared to inland NSW.
The Heart of Sydney
Currently, the centre of population of Sydney is located in Ermington, just north of the Parramatta River.
While Sydney’s population centre had consistently been heading west due to the growth in both the North-West (Blacktown is currently NSW largest growing area and Parramatta is second) and the South West growth corridors (Liverpool and Bankstown are ranked fourth and fifth in NSW for growth), this has been balanced somewhat by the growth in the city (third largest growth area in NSW), and the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs.