Ballarat Population 2017

Ballarat is the third most populous urban area in the state of Victoria, Australia. Ballarat is the most populated inland city in Victoria, and the fifth most populated inland city in Australia. The estimated 2014 population for the city is 99,474.

The estimated 2014 population of Ballarat is 99,474 people. The population density is about 800 people per square kilometer, or about 2,000 people per square mile. The city is located on a 44 square mile area. The city is based around two activity centers that include the Central Business District and Wendouree. The Central Business District is a mix of office buildings and retail. Wendouree has a high concentration of the city’s community functions, business and retail establishments as well as the only mall in the city. Beyond the central areas, the city extends out into several suburban areas that feature a variety of housing styles. The settlement patterns around Ballarat include single country homes and small villages, some with less than a few thousand residents.

Ballarat Demographics

In Ballarat, the male to female ration is 48% male and 52% female, and the median age of residents is 37. Children 0 -14 years old comprise 19.4% of the population and people over the age of 65 are 15.1% of the population. Of people over the age of 15 years, 44.9% are married. 36.4% of the population, over the age of 15, has never been married and 12.1% are ether divorced or separated. The remaining 6.5% are widowed. 31.2% of the population is attending school in this city.

The most common ancestries are English and Australian. People of English ancestry make up 30.8% of the population and people of Australian ancestry make up 30.1% of the population. Three more common ancestries in Ballarat are Irish at 10.9% of the population, Scottish at 8.6%, and German at 3.1% of the total population. 86.4% of the residents of Ballarat were born in Australia. The most commonly reported religious affiliate is Catholic at 27.4% of residents, followed by 36.7% of residents reporting no religious affiliation. The next three most common religions reported were Anglican at 14.1% of residents, Uniting Church at 9.3%, and Presbyterian at 3.7% of residents. In Ballarat, 91.7% of residents speak only English in their homes. The other most common secondary languages spoken in homes are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Greek, and German. 5.7% of residents speak two or more languages in their homes.

Approximately 55.9% of Ballarat’s residents report being employed full time, and 32.3% of residents report being employed part time. The unemployment rate is 5.8% and 5.9% of residents reported being away from work.

Ballarat Population Growth

Indigenous people first inhabited Ballarat. Scottish squatters settled it in 1837, and a gold rush in 1851 brought thousands of new residents to the area. Eventually news of the gold rush went worldwide and brought immigrants from Ireland and China. The population swelled to over 20,000 people in a very short time. The city made the successful transition from gold rush town to industrial age city. Population growth has been steady even after the gold mining eventually collapsed and the city went through a brief depression. There is a new surge in population due to commuters who are moving to Ballarat because of expensive housing costs in Melbourne. The predicted population for 2031 is 128,331.

Ballarat Population in 2018Source: Wayne Sleep

Data Sources
  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics - National regional profile of Ballarat
  2. Regional Development Victoria - Regional City of Ballarat - culture, lifestyle, employment, industry and infrastructure