Gosford is located approximately 80 kilometres north of Sydney and 80 kilometres south of Newcastle.
It shares boundaries with Wyong (north), the Tasman Sea (East), Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River and Hornsby Shire Council (south) and Hawkesbury City Council (west).
It comprises of approximately 1,029 square kilometres and includes large sections of State Forest, National Parks, nature reserves and beaches and waterways.
Approximately 95 per cent of the population live in settlements east of the Sydney – Newcastle M1 Motorway.
Together, Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council make up the Central Coast of New South Wales.
The original inhabitants of the Gosford area were the Guringai and Darkinjung Aboriginal peoples.
European settlement began in 1823 at Blackwall and gradually spread around the Brisbane Water.
Early industries included shell gathering for lime burning, ship building and timber getting. In the late 1830s and early 1840s, Kincumber, East Gosford and the government township of Gosford were established.
Further growth followed after the construction of the main northern railway line in the 1880s and tourism grew through greatly enhanced rail and boat access. Major land subdivision began in the 1880s along the rail corridor and spread to other coastal areas in the 1910s.
More information on Gosford’s history is available on our Local History page.
The current estimated population is approximately 170, 000 and is expected to grow to around 184,862 by 2031 - an increase of 8.1 per cent. The median age of residents is 42 years and the number of couples with children is 29 per cent.
The total number of dwellings is 75,638 and this is expected to rise to 84,004 by 2031, while the average household size is expected to fall from 2.5 to 2.4.
Employed residents in Gosford City total 82,370.
There are 12,772 local businesses employing 64,410 staff.
The largest local employers, who account for over 72 per cent of local employment, are:
- Healthcare and Social Assistance: 12,693 jobs (19.7%);
- Retail Trade: 9,266 jobs (14.4%);
- Construction: 6,128 jobs (9.5%);
- Accommodation and Food Services: 6,390 jobs (9.9%);
- Education and Training 4,361 (6.8%);
- Manufacturing 4,367 (6.8%); and
- Public Administration & Safety 3,482 jobs (5.4%).
Approximately 25 per cent of local residents travel outside of the Gosford area for work.
You can find out more local and regional community information by visiting one of the sites below. The information is derived from the ABS Census of Population and Housing for the census periods 2011, 2006, 2001 and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.
Gosford Community Profile
An easy to use, interactive website featuring data on population growth, demography, household composition, health, housing, education, employment and travel.
Gosford Population Forecasts
Provides population and demographic information for the Gosford LGA and for 20 small areas (sub planning precincts).
Gosford Economic Profile
Provides economic and workforce information for the Gosford LGA. Allows each industry sector to be compared with the LGA, region, the Sydney Statistical Division and state.
Gosford Social Atlas
Key socio-demographic characteristics as interactive maps. Based on data from the 2006 and 2011 Census, each map is prepared using SA1s, to help identify patterns and trends.