Nowra Population 2024 ❤️

Nowra population

Nowra is a New South Wales city located on 160 km south-west of Sydney. With a population over 30,000, the city is 17th most populous place in NSW. It also ranks 39th largest urban centre by population in Australia.

Based on our research, Nowra population will reach 35,603 by the end of June 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) always follow Australian financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.87% 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 Nowra

Looking back last ten years of Nowra’s population, overall the growth rate is very strong and consistent ranging from 1.55% to 2.47%, adding around 471 to 692 people each year to the overall population. If you compare the 2011 and 2016 census figure, the growth rate is only 10.24% over 5 years period, grow by 2,865 people. The reasons contribute to the strong population growth is that employment rate and birth rate are strong over the years. The growth is aligned with the national population growth.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 27,988 n/a
2012 28,680 2.47%
2013 29,280 2.09%
2014 29,826 1.86%
2015 30,382 1.86%
2016 30,853 1.55%
2017 31,472 2.01%
2018 32,023 1.75%
2019 32,645 1.94%
2020 33,171 1.90%
2021 33,690 1.56%
2022 34,300 1.81%
2023 34,950 1.90%

Demographics of Nowra

According to the latest census, 49.4 percent of people living in Nowra are male, while 50.6% are female. Average age in Nowra is 39. The top countries of birth are: Australia 79.9%, England 3.8%, New Zealand 1.2%, Philippines 0.6%, India 0.5% and Scotland 0.4%. The top spoken languages at home are: English 86%, Tagalog 0.3%, Mandarin 0.3%, Spanish 0.3%, Cantonese 0.2% and Italian 0.2%.

The religious groups in Nowra consist of:
No Religion, so described 28.8%, Anglican 21.7%, Catholic 19.6%, Not stated 11.8% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.8%. In Nowra, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (64.2%).

Population Density of Nowra

Nowra population density is 280 people per square kilometer.

Occupations and Industries

According to census, the main occupations of people living in Nowra are: Technicians and Trades Workers 17.1%, Community and Personal Service Workers 15.4%, Professionals 15.3%, Labourers 12.3%, and Sales Workers 11.4%.

The main industries people from Nowra work in are 7.0% worked in Defence. Other major industries of employment included Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 4.3%, Aged Care Residential Services 4.2%, Other Social Assistance Services 3.2% and Supermarket and Grocery Stores 3.0%.

In terms of working hours, 13.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 37.1% worked 40 hours or more.

Facts About Nowra

  1. Of the families in Nowra, 36.3% were couple families with children, 39.8% were couple families without children and 22.3% were one parent families..
  2. The name Nowra, originally written by Europeans as ‘nou-woo-ro’ is an Aboriginal word for black cockatoo.
  3. The region around Nowra is a farming community. Main industry is dairy industry.
  4. One of Nowra’s most prominent landmarks is Hanging Rock Lookout. It sits 46.25 metres above the Shoalhaven River and offers some truly spectacular views of the entire region.
  5. Prior to European settlement, Nowra was probably inhabited by the Dharawal Aborigines.
  6. Nowra also houses many local, state and federal government offices for the region, including the Shoalhaven City Council, as well as the Royal Australian Navy.


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