The only suburb in Sydney with no-one born overseas

You have to drive a long way to find a Sydney suburb with no one born overseas.


There’s only one – the tiny hamlet of Wheeny Creek, 86 kilometres north-west of the CBD – according to country-of-birth figures from the 2016 census.

The suburb-level data provided to Fairfax Media by the Bureau of Statistics underscores Sydney’s migrant character.

There were 111 suburbs across the greater metropolitan area with more than half the population born in another country while just 24 suburbs had fewer than 10 per cent of residents born overseas. The inner-city neighbourhood of Haymarket had the highest overseas-born population at 90.3 per cent. Next was Sydney’s CBD (80.3 per cent) followed by Rhodes (80.1 per cent) and Ultimo (79.9 per cent).

Overall, the 2016 census showed nearly four out of ten Sydneysiders were born in an another country, the highest proportion of any capital city. The share of Greater Sydney’s overseas-born population was about 10 percentage points higher than the national figure.

Suburbs with more than half the residents born overseas were spread across the metropolitan area, although most were within a 25 kilometre radius of the CBD.

Among the postcodes with an especially big share of overseas-born residents were Harris Park (79.3 per cent), Chippendale (76.2 per cent), Parramatta (73.6 per cent) Burwood (73.4 per cent), Chatswood (65.8 per cent) and Waitara (65 per cent).

The neighbourhoods with a relatively small share of overseas-born residents were clustered towards the urban fringe. These included Glossodia in the Lower Blue Mountains (8.9 per cent) Mannering Park on the Central Coast (9 per cent) and Warragamba in Sydney’s south-west (11.5 per cent).

All 21 residents of Wheeny Creek, near Kurrajong, were born in Australia making it the only suburb with no overseas-born residents across the whole Greater Sydney statistical region.

Parts of the Sutherland Shire also had a relatively small share of overseas-born residents including Loftus (11.6 per cent), Heathcote (11.7 per cent) and Dolan’s Bay (12.4 per cent).

The 2016 census found nearly 5 per cent of Sydneysiders were born in China making that country the most common birthplace for city residents outside of Australia. England was next most common birthplace for residents of Greater Sydney (3.1 per cent), followed by India (2.7 per cent), New Zealand (1.8 per cent) and Vietnam (1.7 per cent).

In 2016, 83 per cent of the overseas-born population lived in a capital city. Sydney had the largest overseas-born population of the capital cities with 1.78 million followed by Melbourne with 1.52 million.

The 2016 census revealed that nearly one in five of the 6.16 million overseas-born Australians residents had arrived since the start of 2012.

The number of overseas-born people living in Australia increased by almost one million between the 2011 census and 2016 census.

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