Village overview & summary

Village overview & summary

City of Sydney villages

The City of Sydney local area is divided into 10 village groups. Each group is unique and dynamic in its own right with its own set of social, economic and environmental characteristics.  The floor space and employment survey reports on each of the 10 villages.

For a profile of the whole local area please see local area overview and summary.

Dwellings

All villages experienced an increase in the number of dwellings since the 2012 survey. The 6 villages with the most number of dwellings in 2017:

Village Dwellings
Redfern Street 16,449
Green Square and City South 16,247
Crown and Baptist Streets 13,595
Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo
13,233
Glebe Point Road 13,168
King Street 12,689

The largest increase in dwelling numbers was in Green Square and City South with 6,052 additional dwellings (59.4% increase) and Redfern Street with 4,525 additional dwellings (37.9% increase) in the past 5 years. The smallest growth occurred in CBD and Harbour up 156 dwellings (2.9% increase), followed by Crown and Baptist Streets up 246 dwellings (1.8% increase) and Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo up 263 dwellings (2.0% increase).

Businesses

The 6 villages with the greatest number of businesses:

Village Businesses
CBD and Harbour 9,551
Chinatown and CBD South 3,135
Green Square and City South 2,326
Crown and Baptist Streets 2,279
Oxford Street 1,334
Redfern Street 1,174

In 2017 CBD and Harbour continued to dominate absolute business numbers with 40.6% of all business establishments (up from 39.4% in 2012) located within its boundaries. It also experienced the largest growth with an increase of 1,019 business (11.9% increase) since the 2012 survey.

Although smaller in absolute numbers, other villages had significant growth including Green Square and City South, which grew by 226 businesses (10.8% increase) and Harris Street, which grew by 119 businesses (11.4% increase). Glebe Point Road (1.3% decrease), King Street (5.6% decrease) and Oxford Street (0.2% decrease) all had reductions in business numbers since the 2012 survey.

Workforce

The 6 villages with the greatest number of workers:

Village Workers
CBD and Harbour 274,100
Chinatown and CBD South 65,950
Harris Street 34,982
Crown and Baptist Streets 29,368
Green Square and City South 25,776
Redfern Street 19,402

In 2017 CBD and Harbour continued to have the largest share of workers in the local area with 54.6% of all workers (up from 52.1% in 2012) located within its boundaries.

The village with the largest percentage growth in employment since 2012 was Crown and Baptist Streets, which grew by 6,600 workers (29.0% increase) followed by CBD and Harbour, which grew by 47,131 workers (20.8% increase). The greatest reduction was Green Square and City South with 2,173 less workers (7.8%decrease) compared to the 2012 survey.

The dominant sector by employment for each village remained the same in most villages between the 2 surveys:

Villages 2012 2017
CBD and Harbour Finance and financial services Finance and financial services
Chinatown and CBD South Finance and financial services Finance and financial services
Crown and Baptist Streets Creative industries Creative industries
Harris Street Creative industries Creative industries
Glebe Point Road Food and drink Food and drink
Green Square and City South Transport and logistics Transport and logistics
King Street Higher education and research Higher education and research
Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo Government Government
Oxford Street Health Health
Redfern Street Higher education and research Higher education and research

Between 2012 and 2017 Green Square and City South had the highest increase in internal floor area increasing by 777,600m² (17.5% increase) to 5,220,914m². CBD and Harbour continued to dominate with the greatest share of business floor area with 6,435,426m² (37.4% of local area total). CBD and Harbour also had the highest increase in business floor area with an additional 337,657m² or 5.5% increase.

The greatest share of non-business floor area across the local area was found in CBD and Harbour (18.8% of local area total) and Green Square and City South (14.6% of local area total). 

The dominant city-based industry sector by floor area for each village (business only):

Village Dominant city-based industry by floor area
CBD and Harbour Finance and financial services
Chinatown and CBD South Tourist, cultural and leisure
Crown and Baptist Streets Creative industries
Glebe Point Road Tourist, cultural and leisure
Green Square and City South Transport and logistics
Harris Street Higher education and research
King Street Higher education and research
Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo Government
Oxford Street Health
Redfern Street Higher education and research

Space use

The 6 villages with the largest amount of total internal floor area:

Village Floor area m²
CBD and Harbour 10,327,371
Green Square and City South 5,220,914
Chinatown and CBD South 4,265,005
Harris Street 3,120,547
Redfern Street 2,910,634
Crown and Baptist Streets 2,618,422

In 2017 CBD and Harbour remained the village with the largest amount of office space with 51.8% of the total office space across the local area. This village also had the largest proportions of restaurant/eating (38.4%) and shop/showroom (26.2%).

The village with the largest share of residential space use was Green Square and City South with 14.5% of the total residential floor area across the local area. This village also had the largest increase to residential floor area with an additional 519,785m² (50.2% increase) since 2012.

Industrial space use decreased in all but 1 village area (Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo), and shop/showroom space decreased in all but 3 village areas (Glebe Point Road, Green Square and City South, Redfern Street).

Work space ratio

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. CBD and Harbour has remained the village area with the smallest area per worker (across all industries) and has consistently decreased since 2007 currently sitting at 23.5m² per worker.

The village areas that experienced the largest overall decreases in work space ratios since 2012 were Crown and Baptist Streets (8.7m² decrease per worker) and Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo (6.0m² decrease per worker). 

Visitor accommodation

The 6 villages with the greatest number of hotel rooms:

Village Hotel rooms
CBD and Harbour 9,636
Chinatown and CBD South 5,102
Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo 1,673
Harris Street 1,013
Oxford Street 887
Redfern Street 846

The CBD and Harbour village area continues to have the largest share of hotel rooms (47.0% of the local area total). The villages with the largest increases in hotel rooms since 2012 were Chinatown and CBD South with 495 rooms (10.7% increase) and CBD and Harbour with 196 rooms (1.8% increase).

There were decreases in the total number of hotel rooms in 5 village areas, with the most significant decreases occurring in Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo with a reduction of 586 rooms (25.9% decrease), and Redfern Street with a reduction of 137 rooms (13.9% decrease).

The 6 villages with the greatest number of serviced apartments:

Villages Serviced apartments
Chinatown and CBD South
2,038
CBD and Harbour
1,550
Harris Street 853
Green Square and City South
601
Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo
401
Crown and Baptist Streets
115

In 2017 Chinatown and CBD South replaced CBD and Harbour as the village with the highest number of serviced apartments with a total of 2,038 units. CBD and Harbour still had a large proportion of the city’s serviced apartment units with 1,550 units.

Significant increases in the number of serviced apartments occurred in Green Square and City South, which had no serviced apartments in 2012 increasing to 601 in 2017. Chinatown and CBD South also experienced a significant increase of 495 units. None of the village areas experienced decreases.

Links

Further results for each village area can be found below:

Last updated: Friday, 29 March 2019