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Hornsby Shire
New South Wales
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Population 170,563 (2015 est)
 • Density 369.2/km2 (956/sq mi)
Area 462 km2 (178.4 sq mi)
Mayor Steve Russell (Liberal)
Council seat Hornsby
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
  • Hornsby
  • Hawkesbury
  • Epping
  • Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s)
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Website Hornsby Shire
LGAs around Hornsby Shire:
The Hills Shire Central Coast Central Coast
The Hills Shire Hornsby Shire Northern Beaches
Parramatta Ryde Ku-ring-gai

Hornsby Shire is a local government area in the northern region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire stretches from the M2 Hills Motorway in the south to the Hawkesbury River town of Wisemans Ferry, some 53 kilometres (33 mi) to the north. As at the 2011 Census the Shire had an estimated population of 156,847.

The Mayor of Hornsby Shire is Cr Steve Russell, a member of the Liberal Party.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that Hornsby Shire merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of part of Hornsby with the Ku-ring-gai Council to form a new council with an area of 540 square kilometres (210 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 270,000. The second proposed a merger of parts of Parramatta, Auburn, The Hills, Hornsby, and Holroyd to form a new council with an area of 82 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 215,725. The outcome of the review, to be determined by the New South Wales Minister for Local Government, is expected in early 2017

Suburbs, towns and localities in the local government area

Suburbs in the Hornsby Shire are:

Towns and localities in the Hornsby Shire are:

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 156,847 people in the Hornsby local government area, of these 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in the Hornsby Shire was 39 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 57.9% were married and 8.0% were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the Hornsby Shire between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 4.58% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 3.65%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Hornsby local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Hornsby Shire was higher than the national average.

Selected historical census data for Hornsby local government area
Census year 2001 census 2006 census 2011 census
Population Estimated residents on Census night 144,692 151,325 156,847
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 2.27%
% of Australian population 0.77% Decrease 0.76% Decrease 0.73%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 22.4%
English 23.5%
Chinese 9.8%
Irish 7.1%
Scottish 6.3%
Language,
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(other than English)
Cantonese 4.6% Increase 5.1% Increase 5.2%
Mandarin 2.0% Increase 3.5% Increase 4.9%
Korean 1.6% Increase 2.1% Increase 2.7%
Hindi 0.7% Increase 1.1% Increase 1.5%
Arabic 1.2% Decrease 1.1% Decrease 1.0%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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Catholic 24.6% Decrease 24.3% Decrease 23.6%
No religion 14.0% Increase 17.1% Increase 21.9%
Anglican 23.4% Decrease 21.3% Decrease 19.0%
Uniting Church 7.0% Decrease 6.2% Decrease 5.1%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.0% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.7%
Hinduism 1.8% Increase 2.5% Increase 3.5%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$580 A$682
% of Australian median income 124.5% 118.2%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,514 A$2,119
% of Australian median income 147.4% 143.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,763 A$1,824
% of Australian median income 150.5% 147.8%

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