Sydney, Australia Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Sydney, Australia metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Sydney in 2020 is 4,926,000, a 1.38% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Sydney in 2019 was 4,859,000, a 1.4% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Sydney in 2018 was 4,792,000, a 1.78% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Sydney in 2017 was 4,708,000, a 1.79% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Australia
City Name Population
Melbourne 4,968,000
Sydney 4,926,000
Brisbane 2,406,000
Perth 2,042,000
Adelaide 1,336,000
Gold Coast-Tweed Head 699,000
Canberra 457,000
Newcastle-Maitland 450,000
Sunshine Coast 347,000
Central Coast 335,000
Wollongong 305,000
Sydney - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%