A Diverse Community

A Diverse Community

A multicultural population

Kogarah's population is diverse in its language, culture and religion. The Australia Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census Data indicate that more than 41% of Kogarah's population was born overseas, 50% of people speak a language other than English in the home and over 25 different religions are represented. This diversity in our community helps to shape the unique character of Kogarah and contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of the area.

Of the 41.2% of the population born overseas, the most common country of birth is China, which comprises 13% of our overseas born population, followed by Greece (2.2%), Hong Kong (2.2%) and the United Kingdom (2.0%). The graph below shows the most common countries of birth of residents in the City of Kogarah.

Birthplace 2011


There are over 35 different languages spolen in the homes of residents in the City of Kogarah. The most common languages are:

Language spoken at home - ranked by size.

Kogarah City


Language (excludes English)



Mandarin 5,850 10.5
Cantonese 4,852 8.7
Greek 4,540 8.1
Arabic 2,015 3.6
Macedonian 1,296 2.3
Italian 995 1.8
Nepali 800 1.4
Croation 713 1.3
Spanish 680 1.2
Filipino/Tagalog 542 1.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts. Excludes languages with fewer than 20 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population (usual residence data).


The City's diversity is also reflected in the percentage of Kogarah's population that is aged 60 and over. The 2011 Census indicated that 10,789 people were aged 60 and over, or 19% of the total population. This is slightly more than the Greater Sydney statistical average. This growing older demographic is consistent with the general trend towards an ageing society.

NSW Planning projections conducted in 2006 indicate that by 2031, those aged 65 and over will constitute at least 22% of the total population. The most significant changes will be in the proportion of 'frail aged' or those aged 80 and over which will continue to increase.

Council recognises that this will present unique opportunities and challenges and will continue to work with our community to meet the needs of the changing population.


Young people are a valued and vital part of our community. In 2011, approximately 17% or 9,559 residents were aged between 12 and 24 years. Of these young people, 39% were born overseas. Many young people are active members of the workforce with an estimated 24% of 15 to 19 year olds working part-time and 60% of 20 to 24 year olds either working part-time or full-time.

Council will continue to work with young people, schools and service providers to ensure that the strengths and needs of young people are acknowledged and that appropriate strategies and services are implemented to improve outcomes for young people in the City of Kogarah.


Kogarah is a family-friendly city, offering a range of recreational facilities, activities and parkland for our local community to enjoy. The 2011 Census indicated that 49% of households in the Kogarah LGA comprised of one or more parents and children. Of these households, 22.3% consisted of young children up to the age of 12 years while the remaining 26.7% comprised of older children aged 12 to 17 years or a mixture of these.

Council will continue to provide a range of services that support the changing needs of families including key services such as libraries, child care and outdoor recreational spaces.

More information

Further details on the cultural diversity of the City of Kogarah can be found within Council's demographic profile.