About the Greater Geelong municipality

With a population of over 229,000 people, the City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest provincial city.

Where is Geelong

Located some 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, the municipality covers 1,247km2, comprising country, coastal and suburban areas. Greater Geelong is bounded by the Moorabool Shire in the north, Wyndham City and the Borough of Queenscliffe in the east, Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire in the west and Bass Strait in the south.

The region is characterised by the multi-award winning Waterfront overlooking Corio Bay, the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, the Barwon River, You Yangs Regional Park, wetlands, beautiful parklands and wildlife sanctuaries.

Geelong is also the gateway to the world renowned coastline of south-west Victoria via the Great Ocean Road.

Community profile

The City of Greater Geelong’s population has grown from 201,495 in 2006 to over 229,000 on 1 May 2016.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011 Census of Population and Housing, 18.5 per cent of the City of Greater Geelong’s population was aged between zero and 15, with 16.8 per cent aged 65 and over, with this age group also having the largest change in age structure since 2005.

The biggest change in age structure was in the empty nesters and retirees, and older workers and pre-retirees, with babies and pre-schoolers, primary schoolers and secondary schoolers amongst the lowest age structure growth areas. 79.5 per cent of the community were Australian born, with the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Italy the main birthplaces outside of Australia.

Couples with children made up 28.3 per cent of households, with a further 26 per cent being made up of couples without children. Lone person households made up 26.4 per cent and one parent families making up 11.5 per cent.

With more than 50 suburbs and townships, the region is experiencing a period of rapid growth with the population expected to exceed 290,000 in the next 20 years. A high proportion of this will come from new ‘greenfield’ growth areas identified for development, most notably Armstrong Creek, as well as other suburban expansions.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2017