Sydney, Australia Metro Area Population 1950-2022

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Sydney, Australia metro area from 1950 to 2022. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Sydney in 2022 is 5,057,000, a 1.3% increase from 2021.
  • The metro area population of Sydney in 2021 was 4,992,000, a 1.34% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Sydney in 2020 was 4,926,000, a 1.38% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Sydney in 2019 was 4,859,000, a 1.4% increase from 2018.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Other Cities in Australia
City Name Population
Melbourne 5,151,000
Sydney 5,057,000
Brisbane 2,472,000
Perth 2,093,000
Adelaide 1,356,000
Gold Coast-Tweed Head 722,000
Canberra 467,000
Newcastle-Maitland 457,000
Sunshine Coast 359,000
Central Coast 339,000
Wollongong 310,000
Sydney - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2022 5,057,000 1.30%
2021 4,992,000 1.34%
2020 4,926,000 1.38%
2019 4,859,000 1.40%
2018 4,792,000 1.78%
2017 4,708,000 1.79%
2016 4,625,000 1.78%
2015 4,544,000 1.77%
2014 4,465,000 1.80%
2013 4,386,000 1.76%
2012 4,310,000 1.79%
2011 4,234,000 1.63%
2010 4,166,000 1.63%
2009 4,099,000 1.64%
2008 4,033,000 1.64%
2007 3,968,000 1.64%
2006 3,904,000 0.75%
2005 3,875,000 0.75%
2004 3,846,000 0.76%
2003 3,817,000 0.74%
2002 3,789,000 0.74%
2001 3,761,000 -0.50%
2000 3,780,000 -0.50%
1999 3,799,000 -0.50%
1998 3,818,000 -0.50%
1997 3,837,000 -0.52%
1996 3,857,000 1.00%
1995 3,819,000 0.98%
1994 3,782,000 0.99%
1993 3,745,000 0.97%
1992 3,709,000 0.98%
1991 3,673,000 1.13%
1990 3,632,000 1.14%
1989 3,591,000 1.13%
1988 3,551,000 1.14%
1987 3,511,000 1.12%
1986 3,472,000 1.17%
1985 3,432,000 1.12%
1984 3,394,000 1.16%
1983 3,355,000 1.15%
1982 3,317,000 1.13%
1981 3,280,000 0.86%
1980 3,252,000 0.84%
1979 3,225,000 0.84%
1978 3,198,000 0.85%
1977 3,171,000 0.86%
1976 3,144,000 0.83%
1975 3,118,000 0.84%
1974 3,092,000 0.82%
1973 3,067,000 0.85%
1972 3,041,000 0.83%
1971 3,016,000 4.29%
1970 2,892,000 4.29%
1969 2,773,000 4.25%
1968 2,660,000 4.31%
1967 2,550,000 4.29%
1966 2,445,000 2.30%
1965 2,390,000 2.27%
1964 2,337,000 2.28%
1963 2,285,000 2.33%
1962 2,233,000 2.24%
1961 2,184,000 2.30%
1960 2,135,000 2.30%
1959 2,087,000 2.30%
1958 2,040,000 2.31%
1957 1,994,000 2.26%
1956 1,950,000 2.31%
1955 1,906,000 2.31%
1954 1,863,000 2.36%
1953 1,820,000 2.42%
1952 1,777,000 2.36%
1951 1,736,000 2.72%
1950 1,690,000 0.00%