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Community Profile

The combined area of the new Georges River Council spans 43 square kilometres and has a total population of around 150,000 residents. Georges River Council includes one of Sydney’s eight regional centres, with dynamic economic growth, a proud sporting legacy, and broad cultural diversity. The natural beauty of the region, with its extensive bushland along the Georges River, is complemented by the beauty of our parks and waterways.
 
The most current demographic analysis of the region from the latest census is available here.

POPULATION

Georges River Council area population at the 2011 Census was 134, 660.
In 2016 the expected population is estimated to be 147, 000 people, with a projected population growth to 181, 000 by 2031.
 
Georges River Council acknowledges that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Council area, and recognises Aboriginal spiritual, social and cultural connections to the Council’s land and waters. Indigenous people represented 0.5% of Georges River’s population in the 2011 Census.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The 2011 Census revealed that Georges River Council area has a slightly lower proportion of younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in older age groups (60+ years) than the Greater Sydney average. Overall, 21.2% of the population was aged between 0 to 17, and 20% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.9% and 18.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.
 
Georges River Council has a high proportion of people born overseas (41.5%) and 37% were from a non-English speaking background. The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Georges River was China, where 13.7% of the population or 18,486 people, were born. The next most common places of birth were Hong Kong (2.6%), the United Kingdom (1.9%) and Greece (1.7%). Of those people born overseas, 20% arrived in between 2006 and 2011. The biggest growth in countries of birth between 2006 and 2011 were China, Nepal, India and Indonesia.

LANGUAGES

The majority of Georges River Council area residents speak English well or very well (86.5%), with 46.9% of residents speaking only English. 49% of the population speak another language other than English. The most common languages spoken at home, other than English, are Chinese languages (Cantonese and Mandarin) (20.9%), Greek (6.2%), and Arabic (3.9%).

RELIGIONS

The top five religions represented in the 2011 Census were Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Buddhism and Islam.