With a population of over 220,000 people, the City of Greater Geelong (map) is Victoria’s largest regional centre. Located only 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, the municipality covers 1,245kms2, comprising country, coastal and suburban areas. The municipality is bounded by the Moorabool Shire in the north, the Borough of Queenscliffe in the east, Golden Plains Shire in the west and Surf Coast Shire and Bass Strait in the south. The region is characterised by the multi-award winning Waterfront overlooking Corio Bay, the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, the Barwon River, You Yangs Regional Park, wetlands, beautiful parklands and wildlife sanctuaries. Geelong is also the gateway to the world renowned coastline of south-west Victoria via the Great Ocean Road.
Total residential dwellings are estimated at 99,500 across more than 50 suburbs and townships. With the region experiencing a period of rapid growth, population in the next 20 years is expected to reach 320,000. A high proportion of this will come from new ‘greenfield’ growth areas identified for development, most notably Armstrong Creek, as well as other suburban expansions. The city is a major centre for investment with over 16,000 businesses and a highly skilled labourforce of 101,040 (2011 Census estimate). Geelong’s proximity to Melbourne, its liveability and its price advantages continue to place it in an ideal position to attract new residents and investment. Geelong has a broad industry base with major industry strengths in knowledge and research, health, defence, advanced manufacturing, tourism, information communications and technology, food and agriculture.
Enterprise Geelong is Geelong’s peak agency for business and investment support. One of the services on offer is a wide range of information on current population, future population and regional economic performance. To discover more, visit Enterprise Geelong's website.