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Liverpool in brief


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first group of 2011 Census data on 21 June 2012 and the second group of data on 30 October 2012. Further information such as Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) will be released in March 2013.


This is a basic overview of the 2011 Census data as it relates to Liverpool compared with neighbouring areas and the Greater Sydney region.


Note: Sydney data is based on the Greater Sydney area (previously the Sydney Statistical Division), that is, the 43 Local Government Areas (LGAs) that make up the Sydney Metropolitan Area. At the 2011 Census, Greater Sydney had a population of 4,391,674 people.

Population growth 


According to the 2011 Census, Liverpool's population in 2011 stood at 180,143. This represents an increase of 15,181 people (8 percent) over the 2006 population figure of 164,962 and a 15 percent increase over the last ten years. The rate of population growth in Liverpool between 2006 and 2011 exceeded that of the Greater Sydney region (6%) and New South Wales (5%).




Liverpool continues to be a young City: the median age was 33 years in 2011. It is younger compared to neighbouring areas and Greater Sydney. Sydney's median age was 36 years. In Liverpool 38% of the population is less than 25 years of age. 


Liverpool also has an ageing population: the 55+ age group was the fastest growing age group in 2011. There has been a 17 percent increase in this population since 2006.

Indigenous population


The number of Indigenous people in 2011 grew by 483 to 2,677 people and has increased to 1.5% since 2006. Liverpool has a larger proportion of Indigenous people compared to Sydney's 1.2%.

Birthplaces and languages spoken


The number of persons born overseas increased by 9,548 (13 percent) to 71,715. The overseas born population has increased to 40% of the population, an increase of 9 percent in the last 20 years. By comparison, 34% of Sydney's population were born overseas.


Liverpool's people come from over 150 different birthplaces. The top ten overseas birthplaces in 2011 were Fiji (6,395), Iraq (6,114), Vietnam (5,230), India (4,213), Philippines (3,580), Lebanon (3,573), New Zealand (3,076), Italy (2,893), England (2,177) and Serbia / Montenegro (2,233).


At the 2011 Census, English was stated as the only language spoken at home by just 44 percent of Liverpool's population. Around half of Liverpool's residents said they spoke a language other than English at home. Twenty one percent said they spoke English not well or not at all. 


Liverpool residents speak more than 140 different languages. The top ten languages spoken at home after English are: Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, Italian, Spanish, Serbian, Greek, Assyrian, Cantonese and Macedonian.



The Catholic and Anglican religions remain the top two religious affiliations, however overall proportions have declined since 2006. The Islamic and Eastern Orthodox religions have seen increased proportions since the last Census, as has the proportion of people who have stated they have no religion. Buddhism and Hinduism have also increased since 2006.



More people in Liverpool are attending pre-school, primary or secondary school; 55% compared with 51% in Greater Sydney. 


There are less people studying at tertiary level at TAFE or university in Liverpool; 18% compared with Sydney's 24%. University attendance by Liverpool residents has increased by 3 percent since 2006.


More people in Greater Sydney have completed high school while a larger proportion of residents in Liverpool have not completed school or did not go to school at all.

Families, households and marital status


Seventy five percent of all families in Liverpool include children. Liverpool has a much higher proportion of families with children than any of its neighbours or Sydney generally, where only 61% of all families had children.


There has been a slight increase between 2006 and 2011 in the proportion of one-parent families, from 17% to 18% of all families.


In relation to our neighbours, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bankstown have higher proportions of one-parent families. Camden, Wollondilly and Sutherland have lower proportions of this family type. The Sydney average for one-parent families is 16%.


Liverpool along with the Fairfield LGA has the largest household sizes (3.2 persons per dwelling) among its neighbours. Sydney's average is 2.7 persons per dwelling. 


At the 2011 Census in Liverpool, lone person households made up 16 percent of all households (that is, 8,597 people lived on their own), comparatively in Sydney generally this proportion was far higher at 23%.


At the 2011 Census, 53% of persons aged 15 years and over were married, 11% separated or divorced and 5% widowed. The rate of marriage is higher than in Sydney (50%), while separated or divorced rates are almost identical.

Dwellings and housing tenure


The overall number of occupied private dwellings grew by 6,709 (12 percent) to 55,958 in the five years to 2011.


At the 2011 Census, 24% of occupied private dwellings in Liverpool were fully owned, 42% were being purchased and 30% were rented. The combined owned and being purchased tenure in Liverpool, at 66% of all dwellings, is almost identical to Sydney generally at 65%.


At the time of the 2011 Census, 8% of Liverpool residents were social housing tenants, a considerable drop from 19% in 1991.


Separate houses continue as the dominant form of housing in Liverpool at 75% of all dwellings. This is significantly higher than the Sydney proportion of 61% of all dwellings. It is however far less than some of Liverpool's neighbours (95% in Wollondilly, 92% in Camden and 81% in Campbelltown).

Income and housing costs


Median individual, household and family incomes in Liverpool have increased slightly since 2006, however people in Liverpool continue to pay a large proportion of their income on rent – 12% pay more than 30 percent of their household income on rent.


Compared to its neighbours, Liverpool has higher median household incomes ($1,299) compared with Fairfield ($1,022), Bankstown ($1,091) or Campbelltown ($1,251), but lower compared with Camden ($1,727), Sutherland ($1,674), Wollondilly ($1,478) or Penrith ($1,398).


Median monthly mortgage repayments in Liverpool are the same as the Sydney median at $2,167. This represents a 20 percent increase since 2006. However, more people in Liverpool pay over 30% of their household incomes on mortgage repayments - 17% compared to 12% in Sydney. This demonstrates the considerable "housing stress" in Liverpool. Compared to its neighbours, median monthly mortgage repayments are equal to Camden, Wollondilly and Penrith, higher than in Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bankstown but lower than in Sutherland. 

Internet connection


In 2011, 41,000 dwellings, or 76% of all dwellings in Liverpool, had an internet connection. This is an increase of over 10,000 dwellings or 15 percent since 2006. This is still a smaller proportion compared to the Sydney average of 80%.


To download the Liverpool in Brief fact sheet click here


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1991 - 2011 Census

Liverpool Community Profile (


The Liverpool Community Profile presents the population characteristics of your community such as population, age, income, education, how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas. 


The Community Profile is designed to inform community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public about Liverpool's population. To achieve this, the Community Profile is formatted to present the data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.


The Community Profile uses information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing for the local government area, and for smaller areas within it (e.g. suburbs). Information from the 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses are included. 


To view the Profile for the Liverpool area, please click on the link below

Community Profile 

Liverpool Social Atlas (


The Liverpool Social Atlas presents key socio-demographic characteristics for the areas in a series of interactive maps. Based on data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics), each map is prepared using the finest level of details to help identify spatial patterns in the area. 


To view the Atlas for the Liverpool area, please click on the link below

Community Atlas



Liverpool City Council governs 42 suburbs and helps the local community in the following ways:


  • By providing services, facilities, resources and support to the community
  • By protecting the community to make sure it is safe and clean
  • By preventing harmful influences such as excessive noise and pollution
  • By planning services, facilities and developments affecting our future
  • By representing Liverpool to other areas of government.


The 42 suburbs are:



Find out more by visiting the Maps of Liverpool page.



Liverpool's population is wonderfully diverse.  To ensure that our community gets the most out of living, working and playing in Liverpool, Liverpool City Council supports a range of programs and dedicated staff to help meet the needs of all of our people.


For more information on people and services in the City of Liverpool please click on the below highlighted links:

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Liverpool City Council is committed to working with industry, community and the other tiers of government to improve investment, employment and learning opportunities in the Liverpool local government area (LGA) and South Western Sydney.