Sydney facts and figures
Greater Sydney is Australia's largest and most densely populated city.
More than 180,000 people live within the City of Sydney's boundaries that covers 26.15 square kilometres, sharing the space with about 20,000 businesses.
The population density within the City is 6,250 people per square kilometre.
With an annual increase of about 1.5%, the City's local population is forecast to reach approximately 243,000 by 2030.
Residential density by suburb ranges from a low in Alexandria of 1,663 people per square kilometre, to 8,506 people per square kilometre in Woolloomooloo, and a high in Elizabeth Bay of 26,317 people per square kilometre.
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, which we survey every 5 years.
Every day, 380,000 people work within the City.
Of these, 300,000 work in the city centre, Pyrmont and Ultimo, with more than a third classed as professionals, with another 17% 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.
Half of the City's residents were born overseas.
More than 30% of the resident population speaks a language other than English.
Apart from English, the most common languages spoken at home are Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesian, Korean and Greek.
The City is home to one of Sydney's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The median age of the City resident is 32, which is 3 years below the average for the rest of Sydney.
Almost half the City's residents are aged between 18 and 34 representing two-thirds of the population increase in the past 5 years.
There are fewer teenagers, children and older people residing in the City compared to the Sydney metropolitan area.
Slightly fewer than a quarter of City residents live alone, compared to fewer than 10% Sydney-wide.
60% of City residents live in family households with a partner and/or children or other relatives.
Group households accommodate just under 1 in 5.
On average, individual residents in the City earn a weekly median wage of $717, compared to $518 elsewhere in Sydney.
A quarter of residents aged 15 or more have a weekly income of over $1300 a week, while another quarter receive less than $250 per week.
Compared to more than 85% for the Sydney metropolitan area, 60% of City households own a car.
The average number of cars per household is only 0.8 compared to 1.5 for the Sydney metropolitan area.
More than a quarter of City residents walk to work, only marginally more (28%) drive. Even more residents use public transport (31%).
Across Sydney, City residents make up a quarter (24%) of all those who walk to work and one-eighth (12.5%) of those who ride a bike to work.
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 July 2013