Wollongong Population 2022

309,849
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Wollongong is a city that is located in New South Wales, Australia. This seaside city is located just 51 miles from Sydney. The city has a population of 295,842 as of 2016, making it the third-largest in New South Wales. It is also the tenth largest by population in Australia. The city is most known for industry and port activity, as well as fishing and tourism.

Wollongong Population Demographic Statistics

The city of Wollongong has a population of 295,842 as of 2016. According to data from the 2006 census, almost three-quarters of the population in Wollongong was born in Australia. Close to 5% of the population was born in England, while less than 2% were born in each of the countries of Macedonia, Italy, Scotland and New Zealand.

Over 80% of the population speaks English only. Other languages spoken in the city include Macedonian, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Serbian.

Close to 30% of the people in Wollongong are of the Catholic religion. The city has a very diverse multicultural population, with many migrants coming to the area for job opportunities in the steel industry. Students from all over the world also come to the city to attend the University of Wollongong. The major industries in the city include steel, food service and educations, although tens of thousands of people commute to Sydney for employment.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Wollongong covers a surface area of 572.2 kilometers squared (220.9 sq mi). The population density is approximately 522.90 residents per square kilometer (1,354.30/sq mi).

Wollongong History and Facts

The first Europeans arrived at this city in 1796, and it was eventually settled during the early 19th century. Land grants were made in 1816, while military barracks were constructed 14 years later by the harbor. The city continued to develop over the years, with the construction of the first house occurring in 1834 and a main road built over the next two years.

The 1800s saw continued growth through harbor extensions, telegraph line installation, and a horse-drawn tramway, later followed by steam locomotives used to transport coal. Coal became a major part of the economy, although it wasn’t without its drawbacks, as a mine explosion killed almost 100 people in 1902.

Coal also attracted heavy industry, and the city’s steelworks was erected in 1928. The steelworks become known around the world for its rolled steel production. Other heavy industry that came to the area included a locomotive workshop and a copper smelter.

Growth continued through the 1980s with the addition of a new library building, shopping center, and performing arts center. In the 1990s, continued improvements and additions were added. While traditional manufacturing and industries declined in recent years, the city has continued to have a prosperous economy because of other industries including fine arts, construction and tourism.

Wollongong Population Growth

Wollongong experienced population growth of over 3% between the census held in 2001 and 2006. Planned future growth in the Dapto area is expected to elevate the population further with the construction of 19,000 homes. This area is expected to add a population of 50,000 people over the next 40 years.

Year Population
2035355,202
2034351,491
2033347,772
2032344,043
2031340,304
2030336,557
2029332,815
2028329,098
2027325,446
2026321,908
2025318,535
2024315,379
2023312,479
2022309,849
2021307,477
2020305,329
2019303,345
2018301,465
2017298,557
2016295,677
2015292,825
2014290,006
2013287,213
2012284,451
2011281,707
2010278,475
2009275,278
2008272,122
2007268,994
2006265,906
2005264,844
2004263,793
2003262,743
2002261,697
2001260,658
2000259,668
1999258,682
1998257,699
1997256,720
1996255,747
1995253,541
1994251,354
1993249,186
1992247,040
1991244,906
1990242,479
1989240,075
1988237,699
1987235,339
1986233,006
1985232,680
1984232,360
1983232,040
1982231,720
1981231,401
1980227,199
1979223,051
1978218,985
1977214,993
1976211,079
1975205,836
1974200,727
1973195,745
1972190,893
1971186,149
1970181,237
1969176,453
1968171,802
1967167,262
1966162,847
1965156,099
1964149,634
1963143,419
1962137,471
1961131,769
1960124,968
1959118,496
1958112,368
1957106,557
1956101,054
195595,821
195490,865
195386,166
195281,716
195177,484
195073,477

Wollongong Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035355,2021.06%3,711
2034351,4911.07%3,719
2033347,7721.08%3,729
2032344,0431.10%3,739
2031340,3041.11%3,747
2030336,5571.12%3,742
2029332,8151.13%3,717
2028329,0981.12%3,652
2027325,4461.10%3,538
2026321,9081.06%3,373
2025318,5351.00%3,156
2024315,3790.93%2,900
2023312,4790.85%2,630
2022309,8490.77%2,372
2021307,4770.70%2,148
2020305,3290.65%1,984
2019303,3450.62%1,880
2018301,4650.97%2,908
2017298,5570.97%2,880
2016295,6770.97%2,852
2015292,8250.97%2,819
2014290,0060.97%2,793
2013287,2130.97%2,762
2012284,4510.97%2,744
2011281,7071.16%3,232
2010278,4751.16%3,197
2009275,2781.16%3,156
2008272,1221.16%3,128
2007268,9941.16%3,088
2006265,9060.40%1,062
2005264,8440.40%1,051
2004263,7930.40%1,050
2003262,7430.40%1,046
2002261,6970.40%1,039
2001260,6580.38%990
2000259,6680.38%986
1999258,6820.38%983
1998257,6990.38%979
1997256,7200.38%973
1996255,7470.87%2,206
1995253,5410.87%2,187
1994251,3540.87%2,168
1993249,1860.87%2,146
1992247,0400.87%2,134
1991244,9061.00%2,427
1990242,4791.00%2,404
1989240,0751.00%2,376
1988237,6991.00%2,360
1987235,3391.00%2,333
1986233,0060.14%326
1985232,6800.14%320
1984232,3600.14%320
1983232,0400.14%320
1982231,7200.14%319
1981231,4011.85%4,202
1980227,1991.86%4,148
1979223,0511.86%4,066
1978218,9851.86%3,992
1977214,9931.85%3,914
1976211,0792.55%5,243
1975205,8362.55%5,109
1974200,7272.55%4,982
1973195,7452.54%4,852
1972190,8932.55%4,744
1971186,1492.71%4,912
1970181,2372.71%4,784
1969176,4532.71%4,651
1968171,8022.71%4,540
1967167,2622.71%4,415
1966162,8474.32%6,748
1965156,0994.32%6,465
1964149,6344.33%6,215
1963143,4194.33%5,948
1962137,4714.33%5,702
1961131,7695.44%6,801
1960124,9685.46%6,472
1959118,4965.45%6,128
1958112,3685.45%5,811
1957106,5575.45%5,503
1956101,0545.46%5,233
195595,8215.45%4,956
195490,8655.45%4,699
195386,1665.45%4,450
195281,7165.46%4,232
195177,4845.45%4,007
195073,4770.00%

Wollongong Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Melbourne5,150,7661.76%
Sydney5,056,5711.30%
Brisbane2,472,2221.34%
Perth2,092,6491.22%
Adelaide1,355,5220.75%
Gold Coast721,6871.55%
Canberra467,1941.08%
Newcastle457,0040.77%
Sunshine Coast359,4381.74%
Central Coast338,8350.63%
Wollongong309,8490.77%

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