C/O 200 Miller St, North Sydney 2060
96 Bank St, North Sydney 2060

Demographic Data

According to the 2016 ABS Census, the area is home 111,588 people.

In 2016, 46% who lived in the area were born overseas, while 27.5% came from countries where English was not their first language as seen from the table below.

Australian-Born & Overseas Born Population, 2016 ABS Census, Usual Resident Population

Local Government Authority People Born in Australia Total Population % Australian Born % Born Overseas % Born in Non-English Speaking Countires
Lane Cove
21, 270
36,050
59%
41.0%
25.3%
Mosman
1,6949
28,476
59.1%
41.0%
15.9%
North Sydney
36,678
67,655
54.2%
45.8%
22.9%
Willoughby
36,691
74,303
49.4%
50.6%
37.0%

TOTAL

111,588

206,484

54.0%

46.0%

27.5%

There were 56,652 people born in predominantly non-English speaking countries across the four lower north shore. The table below shows numbers born overseas for each of the four LGA’s.

Numbers of People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries 2016 - ABS Census, Usual Resident Population
Lane Cove
9,107
Mosman
4,537
North Sydney
15,504
Willoughby
27,504

TOTAL

56,652

Migrants from non-English speaking countries have come at various times, and the table below shows that 15,541 have come in the 5-year period before the latest census. We can refer to them as “new arrivals”. These new arrivals make up about 27.4% of the total people born in predominantly  non-English speaking countries. Clearly, the LNS is an attractive area for new arrivals to come to. The table below breaks down the numbers and percentages for people born in non-English speaking (NES) countries for the four LNS LGA’s and how long they have been in Australia.

People born in non-English speaking (NES) countries for the four LNS LGA’s – ABS Census 2016 Usual Resident Population

LGA People resident in Australia for five years or more % People resident in Australia for five years or more People who came in five years before 2016 % People who came in five years before 2016 Total population
Lane Cove
6,874
19.1%
2,233
6.2%
36,050
Mosman
3,347
11.8%
1,190
4.2%
28,476
North Sydney
11,105
16.4%
4,399
6.5%
67,655
Willoughby
19,785
26.6%
7,719
10.4%
74,303

TOTAL

41,111

19.9%

15,541

7.5%

206,484

The LNS’s newest and fastest growing arrivals are all from Asian countries including China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Iran and Taiwan. Numbers from some English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand in some LGA’s have dropped. The Top 20 Lower North Shore Birthplaces of residence ranked by size are included below.

The Lower North Shore Birthplaces - Ranked by size – Top 20
1. United Kingom
13113
2. China
11859
3. New Zealand
4963
4. India
4310
5. Hong Kong
4153
6. South Korea
3044
7. Japan
3005
8. South Africa
2692
9. United States of America
2559
10. Malaysia
2242
11. Philippines
2125
12. Taiwan
1462
13. Iran
1401
14. Thailand
1257
15. Italy
1185
16. Singapore
1105
17. Indonesia
1104
18. Germany
1608
19. Nepal
1056
20. France
894

It clearly shows the area’s cultural and linguistic diversity. In the tables below, English Speaking countries are marked with an asterisk.

Looking specifically at the four LGA’s the Top 10 Birthplaces of residence ranked by size are included below for Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby separately:

Lane Cove – Birthplace – Ranked by size – Top 10

Overseas born (Usual Residence) Birthplace 2016 Number % 2011 Number % Change 2011 to 2016
United Kingdom*
2013
5.5841
1940
6.1568
73
China
1476
4.0944
870
2.761
606
India
856
2.3745
573
1.8185
283
New Zealand*
757
2.0999
760
2.4119
-3
Hong Kong
514
1.4258
405
1.2853
109
Malaysia
484
1.3426
374
1.1869
110
South Africa*
440
1.2206
399
1.2663
41
Philippines
404
1.1207
289
0.9172
115
Iran
398
1.1041
237
0.7521
161
United States of America*
361
1.0014
322
1.0219
39

Mosman – Birthplace – Ranked by size – Top 10

Overseas born (Usual Residence) Birthplace 2016 Number % 2011 Number % Change 2011 to 2016
United Kingdom*
2805
9.8511
2845
10.364
-40
New Zealand*
801
2.8131
864
3.1473
-63
United States of America*
537
1.8859
506
1.8432
31
China
520
1.8262
232
0.8451
288
South Africa*
488
1.7138
474
1.7267
14
India
231
0.8113
191
0.6958
40
Germany
219
0.7691
253
0.9216
-34
Ireland*
210
0.7375
167
0.6083
43
Hong Kong
207
0.727
194
0.7067
13
Japan
194
0.6813
212
0.7723
-18

North Sydney – Birthplace – Ranked by size – Top 10

Overseas born (Usual Residence) Birthplace 2016 Number % 2011 Number % Change 2011 to 2016
United Kingdom*
5,172
7.6
5009
8.0
163
New Zealand*
2,024
3.0
2,055
3.3
-31
China
1,961
2.9
1,382
2.2
579
India
1,328
2.0
925
1.5
403
South Africa
1,096
1.6
958
1.5
138
United States of America*
1,053
1.6
911
1.5
142
Japan
1,027
1.5
1,040
1.7
-13
Hong Kong
958
1.4
888
1.4
70
Philippines
673
1.0
490
0.8
183
Malaysia
559
0.8
556
0.9
3

Willoughby – Birthplace – Ranked by size – Top 10

Overseas born (Usual Residence) Birthplace 2016 Number % 2011 Number % Change 2011 to 2016
China
7,902
10.634
4,715
7.0001
3187
United Kingdom*
3123
4.2028
3294
4.8904
-171
Hong Kong
2474
3.3294
2218
3.293
256
South Korea
2199
2.9593
2225
3.03033
-26
India
1895
2.5502
1240
1.841
655
Japan
1425
1.9177
1271
1.887
154
New Zealand*
1381
1.8585
1506
2.2359
-125
Malaysia
1053
1.4171
887
1.3169
166
Taiwan
1008
1.3565
775
1.506
233
Philippines
897
1.2072
649
0.9635
248

While the LNS has a small number of humanitarian refugees, most new arrivals have immigrated under business, skilled migration or family visas, or are international students.

 To look in more detail at each LGA’s demographic data, you can look at area Community Profiles based on the 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. These include information on population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, unemployment, disability, disadvantage, volunteering, childcare, family structure, household structure, housing tenure, mortgage and rental payments, and the size and type of the dwellings people live in. The Community Profile presents this information in clear maps, tables and charts with concise factual commentary to answer three important questions:

  1. What are the characteristics of the people who live here?
  2. How are they changing?
  3. How do they compare to other areas?

This ABS Census data is at:

North Sydney

Mosman

Willoughby

Lane Cove

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