Crown and Baptist Streets

Crown and Baptist Streets

Village characteristics

  • The village includes the majority of the suburb of Surry Hills and parts of Redfern and Moore Park. It is bounded by Campbell Street in the north, Phillip Street in the south, Anzac Parade to the east and Chalmers Street to the west.
  • A mixture of low-rise residential terrace housing with high-rise developments in the north and high-rise public housing in the south.  

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 4,431 buildings
  • 2,279 business establishments employing workers
  • 29,368 workers
  • 2,618,422m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 13,595 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there were 183 additional businesses representing an increase of 8.7%. The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Creative industries 447
Professional and business services 360
Food and drink 341
Retail and personal services 316
ICT 131
Tourist, cultural and leisure 124

In 2017 the sector with the largest growth was professional and business services, which increased by 64 businesses (21.6% increase) in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 86.0% of all businesses employing 40.4% of workers in the village.


There were 29,368 workers up 29% from 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:

City-based industry sector Workers
Creative industries 5,594
Professional and business services 5,464
Food and drink 2,919
ICT 1,986
Retail and personal services 1,756

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was professional and business services, which grew by 1,437 workers (35.7% increase) followed by government, which grew by 1,095 workers (62.6% increase) and ICT, which grew by 922 workers (86.7% increase) since the 2012 survey. The sector with the largest decline in worker numbers was transport and logistics, which decreased by 166 workers (19.8% decrease).

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area decreased by 0.3% to 868,020m² and accounted for 33.2% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Creative industries 134,510
Tourist, cultural and leisure 113,787
Social capital 96,895
Professional and business services  
Retail and personal services 78,684

Significant growth sectors in the village by business floor area were professional and business services, which grew by 7,266m² (9.8% increase) followed by ICT, which grew by 6,422m² (29.9% increase). Negative growth sectors included transport and logistics, which declined by 13,325m² (30.3% decrease) and creative industries, which declined by 12,649m² (8.6% decrease) in the past 5 years.

Work space ratio

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. The average work space ratio for all industry sectors fell from 38.2m² per worker in 2012 to 29.6m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the ICT sector with 14.0m² for every worker, down from 20.2m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 742 hotel rooms (8.3% increase), 115 serviced apartments (25% increase) and 665 backpacker beds (40.6% increase).


  • Housing, pipeline development and forecasts can be found on the City Monitors page.
  • For information on the classifications for city-based industry sectors and space use divisions, please see the floor space and employment survey page.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019