View the latest snapshot of young people in NSW.
- Just under 32% (1,249,185 of 3,992,038) of Australia’s young people live in NSW 1.
- 1,249,185 young people aged 12–25 years live in NSW making up 18% of the state’s population.
Where young people live:
- 64.8% of young people in NSW live in Sydney 2. 35.2% live in regional & rural areas 3
- 24.6% of the state’s young people live in Western Sydney Local Government Areas (LGAs).
More young people live in:
- Regional and rural NSW (outside Sydney) (436,670) than live in Western Australia (429,337)
- Western Sydney (308,336) than live in South Australia (289,311)
- the Hunter region (including Newcastle) (107,242) than live in Tasmania (87,609)
- Blacktown and Penrith LGAs combined (85,449) than live in the ACT (73,628)
- Blacktown LGA (60,566) than live in the Northern Territory (44,711).
- 20% of young people living in NSW in 2011 were born overseas
- There are significant populations of young people born in North East Asia (4.3%), South East Asia (2.5%) Southern and Central Asia (2.5%) and North West Europe (1.6%)
- The greatest number of young people born overseas were born in China (2.7%).
Young Aboriginal people:
- More young Aboriginal people live in NSW (47,513 = 3.8% of the NSW youth population) than any other state or territory including Queensland (39,288), Western Australia (18,987) and Northern Territory (15,137)
- The highest population of young Aboriginal people in NSW live in Blacktown LGA, with 14.8% of all the state’s young Aboriginal people living in Western Sydney.
- 2011 Census of Population and Housing New South Wales — Age by Sex
- Sydney — defined as Greater Sydney 2011 Census
- Regional and Rural NSW — defined as rest of NSW 2011 Census