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NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Population family enjoy a day out in the Royal Botanic Garden. Credit: Designation NSW

The department prepares population projections for the state, regions and all local government areas in NSW.

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The 2022 NSW Population Projections show:

  • NSW is expected to grow on average by over 85,000 people each year until 2041.
  • Based on recent trends regional NSW's population will increase by 570,000 to 3.7 million in 2041.
  • Greater Sydney’s population will grow to approximately 6.1 million by 2041 — over a million more people than currently live in the region.
 

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NSW population growth timeline

7,732,858

2016

8,166,757

2021

8,462,770

2026

8,933,640

2031

9,404,886

2036

9,872,934

2041