Overview of Sydney
Sydney is Australia's largest and most densely populated city. More than 180,000 people live in the City of Sydney, sharing the space with about 20,000 businesses. With an annual increase of about 1.5%, the city's population is forecast to reach approximately 243,000 by 2030.
Every year, more than 2 million international visitors come to the Sydney metropolitan area. It is estimated that a further 483,000 people travel to the city on any day to shop, be educated, conduct business or simply to be entertained. This is in addition to the 385,000 people who arrive every day to work in the local area.
Use of space
Sydney's centre has 32 million square metres of floor space.
About half this space is devoted to financial, retail, tourism, entertainment and other business services. The remainder is for residential and other non-commercial uses, such as common areas and cultural activities. Every 5 years the City of Sydney surveys this usage.
Every day, 380,000 people work within the city. Of these, 300,000 work in the city centre, Pyrmont and Ultimo. More than a third of these people are classed as professionals, with another 17% of them classified as managers.
More than 40% of the city workforce was born overseas, with 40% of these overseas-born workers coming from Asia (12.5% from China alone). A further 17% and 9% were born in Britain and New Zealand respectively.
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 April 2013