Wollongong Population 2024

Wollongong population

Wollongong also known as “The Gong” is a city of New South Wales. Wollongong is New South Wales’ 3rd largest city after Sydney and Newcastle with an estimated population of over 220,000. It is also the 10th largest city in Australia. Wollongong is located only 80 kms south of Sydney CBD.

Based on our research, Wollongong population will reach 227,112 by June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics ABS always follow Australia financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.90% 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 Wollongong

Looking back last twelve years of Wollongong’s population, the growth rate varies from 0.55% to 1.23%, adding around 1,113 to 2,571 people each year to the overall population.
The growth rate is very consistent and modest in last few years due to people prefer to stay because cheaper house prices compared with Sydney and only just about an hours’ drive from Wollongong to Sydney. The University of Wollongong alone has around 37,000 students, which keep the population steadily grow.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 202,068 n/a
2012 203,181 0.55%
2013 205,157 0.97%
2014 206,666 0.74%
2015 208,875 1.07%
2016 211,446 1.23%
2017 213,370 0.82%
2018 215,079 0.80%
2019 217,005 0.90%
2020 219,110 0.90%
2021 220,980 0.85%
2022 222,970 0.90%
2023 225,080 0.95%


Demographics of Wollongong

According to Australia census, Wollongong is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. The top five countries of birth for people in Wollongong are: Australia, China, England, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and India. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Wollongong are: Mandarin, Macedonian, Arabic, Serbian and Italian.

On religion side, Wollongong is predominantly Christian. The major denominations are Catholic (29.2%) and Anglican (23.8%), while 14.8% of the population has no religion.

Population Density of Wollongong

Wollongong’s population density is 442 people per kilometer, which is one of the most populated cities in New South Wales.

Occupations and Industries 

According to Australia census, the main occupations of people living in Wollongong are 29.1% Professionals, 13.5% Clerical & administrative workers, 12.4% Community & personal service workers, 11.3% Technicians & trades workers, 11.0% Managers, 9.0% Sales workers, 6.7% Labourers, 5.2% Machinery operators & drivers, 2.0% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Wollongong work in are 13.5% Health care and social assistance, 12.2% Education and training, 10.2% Accommodation and food services, 9.9% Retail trade, 7.9% Manufacturing, 7.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, 6.3% Public administration and safety, 4.8% Construction, 4.3% Financial and insurance services.

Facts About Wollongong

  1. Wollongong is home to the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. The Wollongong City Gallery has one of the best regional art collections in New South Wales with a special focus on colonial and early Australian art, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artefacts.
  3. The name “Wollongong” is believed to mean “seas of the South” in the local Aboriginal language, referring to NSW’s Southern Coast.
  4. Wollongong has one university, the University of Wollongong, which was formerly part of the University of New South Wales.
  5. Wollongong is basically a coastal city of Illawarra region that is linked with the Pacific Ocean.
  6. Wollongong experiences almost all weather conditions. Since it’s an oceanic city, natives and tourists enjoy cool breeze throughout the year.
  7. Wollongong loves and promotes art, culture, gallery, and museums.
  8. The average age of the people in Wollongong is 32 years of age.


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