Sydney, Australia Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Sydney, Australia metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Sydney in 2021 is 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.
  • The metro area population of Sydney in 2018 was 4,792,000, a 1.78% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Australia
City Name Population
Melbourne 5,061,000
Sydney 4,992,000
Brisbane 2,439,000
Perth 2,067,000
Adelaide 1,345,000
Gold Coast-Tweed Head 711,000
Canberra 462,000
Newcastle-Maitland 454,000
Sunshine Coast 353,000
Central Coast 337,000
Wollongong 307,000
Sydney - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%