A growing community
A growing community

In 2011 Rhodes Peninsula had an estimated resident population of approximately 7,727 people, just over double its 3,713 residents in 2006. The Peninsula is characterised by a predominance of high density apartment living with some lower density housing in Rhodes East.

When fully developed, it is expected to have a population of approximately 14,000 residents (Profile id 2012). Rhodes is a specialised centre which provided an estimated 8,000 jobs in 2009, in Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre, Rhodes Corporate Park and smaller businesses located around the Peninsula (Rhodes to Employment Program 2010+).

Rhodes Community Profile

For all the latest population demographics and forecasts refer to the City of Canada Bay's community profile, which outlines how the Rhodes community has changed over time and how it compares to other areas.

Changes to the population

Since the 2006 Census the Rhodes Peninsula has seen a variety of changes to the community:  

  • decrease in the proportion of people who speak only English at home
  • 3.5% decrease in people aged 55 years and over
  • 18% increase in people born overseas
  • 11% increase in people born in China, and an 18% increase in the number of people speaking Chinese at home
  • 2.5% increase in people who speak Korean at home
  • 10% increase in people who are renting, bringing the total of people renting in the Peninsula up to 51%    
  • 6.7% decrease in car ownership, now 12.9% of people in Rhodes do not own a car.  

      Key population features

      Other key population features based on the 2011 Census are:  

    • A comparatively younger age profile than the City of Canada Bay as a whole – with a median age of 30 years, compared to 37 for the City of Canada Bay and 36 for Sydney.
    • A similar proportion of couple families when compared with City of Canada Bay households but a significantly larger proportion of group households (10.2% compared to 5.3% for Canada Bay and 4.3 across Sydney).
    • The most commonly spoken community languages other than English were Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hindi. 
    • Although the average number of bedrooms per dwelling in the Rhodes Peninsula (1.3) is significantly lower than the City of Canada Bay average (2.7); the average number of people per household is similar (2.6 in Rhodes Peninsula compared to 2.5 in the City of Canada Bay).
    • A large working age population (high percentage of 25-54 year olds) with a relatively high income profile
    • Relatively low percentage of people who own their home outright, and a very high percentage who are renting their home.
    • A comparable rate of people who are purchasing their home (to the City of Canada Bay and Sydney), but a much higher rate of households with large mortgage repayments (above 30% of household income).
    • A very high rate of internet connectivity at 92.6%, compared to 82.7% for the City of Canada Bay and 79.9% for Sydney.       

        Future population forecasts

        Rhodes Peninsula is by far the fastest growing area within the City of Canada Bay – with an expected increase of more than 10,000 residents from 2006 to 2031, to almost 14,000 people. This is equivalent to approximately 5.26% annual population growth (Profile id 2012).  

        Key changes to households forecasts in the period to 2031 are: 

      • Declining household size – with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.5 to 2.26 by 2021 and 2.23 in 2031.
      • An increase in lone person households (+1,738 households) – from 18.8% of all households in 2006 to 32.7% of all households in 2021 and 34.8% in 2031.
      • An initial increase in the number of couples without children (+1,862 households although a declining proportion of all households – from 33.6% of all households in 2006 to 30.2% of all households in 2021 and 29.6% in 2031.
      • An initial increase in the number of couples with children (+1,611 households) although a declining proportion of all households – from 31.8% of all households in 2006 to 26.1% of all households in 2021 and 25.3% in 2031 (Forecast id. 2011). 
      • Page last updated on: 03/06/14

        Community Profile

        The City of Canada Bay community profile presents the population characteristics of your community, how they changed over time and how they compare to other areas.


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