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Hornsby Shire
New South Wales
Hornsby lga sydney.png
 • Density 313.6/km2 (812/sq mi)
Established 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06)
Area 455 km2 (175.7 sq mi)
Mayor Philip Ruddock (Liberal)
Council seat Hornsby
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
  • Hornsby
  • Hawkesbury
  • Epping
  • Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s)
Logo of Hornsby Shire Council.svg
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 situated in Northern Sydney (Upper North Shore), as well as parts of the Hills District, 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, making it the largest local government council in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan region by total area. As of the 2016 census the shire had an estimated population of 142,667.

The Mayor of Hornsby Shire is Cr Philip Ruddock, a member of the Liberal Party, who was elected on 9 September 2017.

Suburbs, towns and localities in the local government area

Suburbs in the Hornsby Shire are:

Towns and localities in the Hornsby Shire are:


At the 2016 census, there were 142,667 people in the Hornsby local government area, of these 48.8 per cent were male and 51.2 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.5 per cent of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the Hornsby Shire was 40 years; slightly higher than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.5 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.2 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 58.8 per cent were married and 8.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the Hornsby Shire between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 4.58 per cent and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 3.65 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Shire decreased by 9.04 per cent brought about predominately by an adjustment in local government boundaries. 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 2006 2011 2016
Population Estimated residents on census night 144,692 151,325 156,847 142,667
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 16th Decrease 20th
% of New South Wales population 2.27% Decrease 1.91%
% of Australian population 0.77% Decrease 0.76% Decrease 0.73% Decrease 0.61%
Cultural and language diversity
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English 23.5% Decrease 22.8%
Australian 22.4% Decrease 19.7%
Chinese 9.8% Increase 10.6%
Irish 7.1% Increase 7.3%
Scottish 6.3% Decrease 6.2%
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(other than English)
Mandarin 2.0% Increase 3.5% Increase 4.9% Increase 7.2%
Cantonese 4.6% Increase 5.1% Increase 5.2% Decrease 4.0%
Korean 1.6% Increase 2.1% Increase 2.7% Decrease 2.3%
Hindi 0.7% Increase 1.1% Increase 1.5% Increase 1.6%
Persian including Dari n/c n/c n/c Increase 1.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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No religion, so described 14.0% Increase 17.1% Increase 21.9% Increase 28.9%
Catholic 24.6% Decrease 24.3% Decrease 23.6% Decrease 21.4%
Anglican 23.4% Decrease 21.3% Decrease 19.0% Decrease 15.5%
Not stated n/c n/c n/c Increase 7.3%
Hinduism 1.8% Increase 2.5% Increase 3.5% Increase 4.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$580 A$682 A$793
% of Australian median income 124.5% 118.2% 119.8%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,514 A$2,119 A$2,372
% of Australian median income 147.4% 143.1% 136.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,763 A$1,824 A$2,121
% of Australian median income 150.5% 147.8% 147.5%
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