Broken Hill Population 2024

Broken Hill population

Broken Hill is a regional city of New South Wale. The city has an estimated population of over 17,000 people. The city is located 1160 km west of Sydney and 511km north east of Adelaide. It is located in the border between NSW and SA.

Based on our research, Broken Hill population will reach 16,671 by June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics ABS always follow Australia financial year when publish the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of -1.06% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Broken Hill

Looking back last twelve years of Broken Hill’s population growth, the growth rate is not very promising dropping from -0.30% to -1.52%, dropping around 50 to 282 people each year to the overall population.

Particularly, in last year two years, the growth rate has been deteriorated. What cause it is most likely due to the mining boom is over and job opportunities are not there anymore. So people move to other city looking for job.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 19,151  n/a
2012 18,975  -0.92%
2013 18,773  -1.06%
2014 18,587 -0.99%
2015 18,305 -1.52%
2016 18,027 -1.52%
2017 17,810 -1.20%
2018 17,608 -1.13%
2019 17,398 -1.19%
2020 17,190 -1.25%
2021 17,020 -0.99%
2022 16,900 -0.71%
2023 16,850 -0.30%


Demographics of Broken Hill

According to Australia census, 91.4% of people living in Broken Hill speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 6.4% Language spoken at home not stated, 0.4% Italian, 0.4% Other, 0.2% Greek, 0.1% Australian Indigenous Languages , 0.1% Filipino , 0.1% Maltese, 0.1% Hindi, 0.1% Mandarin.

88.3% of people living in the Broken Hill were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 1.0% England, 0.6% New Zealand, 0.3% Italy, 0.3% Philippines, 0.2% India, 0.2% Germany, 0.2% Scotland, 0.1% Malta, 0.1% Netherlands, 0.1% Sri Lanka, 0.1% Greece, 0.1% China , 0.1% Croatia, 0.1% South Africa.

Population Density of Broken Hill

The population density of Broken Hill is 0.34 people per km2, which is one of the least populated regional cities in New South Wales.

Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in Broken Hill are 15.7% Technicians & trades workers, 14.8% Professionals, 13.8% Community & personal service workers, 11.6% Clerical & administrative workers, 11.1% Labourers, 10.9% Managers, 10.9% Machinery operators & drivers, 9.3% Sales workers, 1.9% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Broken Hill work in are 15.9% Health care and social assistance, 12.9% Retail trade, 10.2% Mining, 9.7% Accommodation and food services, 8.1% Education and training, 7.6% Public administration and safety, 5.6% Construction, 3.8% Transport, postal and warehousing, 3.7% Other services.

Facts About Broken Hill

  1. The post code for Broken Hill is 2880.
  2. Broken Hill is in the federal electorate of Farrer.
  3. Broken Hill has the same time zone used in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
  4. It is Australia’s longest-lived mining city.
  5. Broken Hill’s massive orebody is among the world’s largest silver–lead–zinc mineral deposits.
  6. Broken Hill has never had a permanent local water supply which meets the town’s needs.
  7. The median/average age of the people in Broken Hill is 43 years of age.
  8. The population is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8% males.


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