Geelong Population 2024

Geelong population

Geelong is a port city of Victoria with a population of over 200,000. It is the second largest city in Victoria after Melbourne. Geelong is located 75 kilometers south west of Melbourne (Victoria’s state capital city). Geelong City is also known as the ‘Gateway City’ due to its central location to surrounding Victorian regional centres.

Based on our research Geelong population will reach 209,245 by the end of June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics always follow Australia financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.30% 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 Geelong

Looking back last twelve years of Geelong’s population, the grow rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 0.94% to 1.91%, adding around 1,754 to 3,463 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Geelong to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Cheaper housing price compared with Melbourne also make people live here. On the other hand, relaxing port city life style attracts young people to come.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 177,023  n/a
2012 179,689  1.51%
2013 181,443  0.98%
2014 184,906 1.91%
2015 187,417 1.36%
2016 190,592 1.69%
2017 193,097 1.31%
2018 195,715 1.36%
2019 198,543 1.44%
2020 200,474 0.97%
2021 202,540 1.03%
2022 204,450 0.94%
2023 206,570 1.04%


Demographics of Geelong

According to Australia census, the top five country of birth for people in Geelong part from Australia are: England, Italy, India, Malaysia and China. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Geelong are: Italian, Italian, Mandarin, Greek, Croatian and Vietnamese.

In Geelong, 39.1% of people are married, 40.5% have never married and 10.2% are divorced and 2.9% are separated. There are 309 widowed people living in Geelong.

Population Density of Geelong

Geelong’s population density is 200 people per square kilometer. It is one of the most populated cities in Victoria.

Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in Geelong are 29.9% Professionals, 14.0% Technicians & trades workers, 12.3% Clerical & administrative workers, 12.0% Managers, 10.4% Community & personal service workers, 9.1% Sales workers, 6.4% Labourers, 3.5% Machinery operators & drivers. It is interesting to see there are so many technicians and trade workers in Geelong.

The main industries people from Geelong work in are 17.4% Health care and social assistance, 10.9% Retail trade, 10.1% Education and training, 9.0% Accommodation and food services, 8.5% Manufacturing, 8.1% Construction, 7.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, 4.5% Public administration and safety, 3.5% Financial and insurance services.

Facts About Geelong

  1. Geelong was named in 1827, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong, thought to mean “land” or “cliffs”.
  2. Geelong Gallery was established in 1896. The Gallery has amassed a magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings, decorative arts and sculpture.
  3. The Old Geelong Post Office located on the corner of Gheringhap and Ryrie Streets held the first automatic telephone exchange in Australia in 1912.
  4. It is known for being home to the Geelong Football Club, the second oldest club in the Australian Football League.
  5. Gold was discovered in nearby Ballarat in 1851, causing the Geelong population to grow to 23,000 people by the mid-1850s.
  6. The Barcode Fountain located along side Sailors Rest incorporates a barcode from a Geelong iconic product: Noddy’s Soft Drink. The barcode is reproduced on the stainless steel panels of the feature.
  7. Geelong had the highest number of aboriginal people in the beginning of the 19th century.
  8. Customs Park Cargo Boxes are a series of brass and glass boxes containing sculptures and artefacts recognised to be early imports into Geelong.


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