Hornsby Shire is a mix of urban areas with freestanding homes, low rise townhouses and high rise buildings, large rural areas and a predominance of bushland.

Two-thirds of the Shire comprises national park and bushland, with major waterways and rural landscape in the northern part of the Shire. The Shire includes land from North Epping in the south to Wisemans Ferry in the north and Brooklyn in the east. The Shire includes 39 suburbs and rural localities. Hornsby CBD is 25 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD.

The major industrial areas are located at Asquith, Waitara and Mt Ku-ring-gai. The major commercial centres are Hornsby, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Dural Service Centre.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

Please contact Council if you would like any further details or explanations regarding individual results and any differences between your Council’s performance and that of another council.

Contacting Council

296 Peats Ferry Road
Hornsby NSW 2077
Postal Address:
PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: 02 9847 6666
Fax: 02 9847 6999

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 152,225
Area (Km2) 455
Council Classification Metropolitan Fringe
OLG Group 7
State Planning Region Metropolitan Sydney

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 10 11
Population per Councillor (No.) 15,223 12,724
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 489 900
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 168,425,000 319,345,143
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 144,881,000 225,053,429
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 11 11
Population Density (residents per Km2) 333 410
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 3 3
Public Halls (No.) 25 39
Public Libraries (No.) 4 5
Open Public Space (ha) 1,338 2,179
Total Road Length (km) 600 1,058

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) 2.1 10.2
Population aged under 20 years (%) 19.2 20.8
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 63.1 63.3
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 17.7 15.9
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 1 2
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 20 12
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 120 90

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 2.7 3.9
Avg Taxable Income ($) 71,709 63,058
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.9 2.9
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 613,156,171 1,162,971,683
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 14,269 14,083

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance