Port Stephens Profile
Port Stephens is known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, tourist and retirement destination, as well as a great place to live and work. For these reasons, Port Stephens has very diverse social, environmental and economic characteristics. It is these characteristics that make us such a unique and special place.
The estimated residential population Port Stephens Community Profile has grown from 56, 677 in 2001 to 60, 488 in 2006 and 64, 807 in 2011. Population growth combined with increasing development and tourism continue to place pressure on the environmental integrity, character and attributes of the Local Government Area. This has resulted in dispersed settlement patterns and diverse (link to Diversity under LIVE) community types.
Here at Council, we work very hard to achieve sustainable outcomes around social, environmental and economic opportunities. Careful planning maintains a balance between protecting our environmental and physical characteristics, population growth and economic prosperity.
View the Port Stephens Economic Profile. The diversity within the local economy, affordable housing, and lifestyle attributes attract leading business and industry to the area.
Research and statistics
This analysis enables us to understand the impact of ongoing trends or changes, and provide relevant information within Council and to external Federal, State and community organisations.
Social Planning provides advice and direction to Council, customers and stakeholders to inform and guide decision making processes, determine strategic directions, policy and programs.
The Economic Development Unit (EDU) of Council plays a leadership role in building economic capacity in the Port Stephens local government area.