With a population of over 244,000 people, the City of Greater Geelong (map) is Victoria’s largest regional city. Located only 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, the municipality covers 1,245kms2, comprising urban, country and coastal 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 106,149 across more than 50 suburbs and townships. With the region experiencing a period of rapid growth, forecasts show that the population could grow by more than 150,000 people in the next 20 years. A high proportion of this will come from new ‘greenfield’ growth areas such as Armstrong Creek, as well as other suburban expansions. The city is a major centre for investment with over 17,000 businesses and a highly skilled labourforce of 110,632 (2016 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 health and allied services, education and research, advanced manufacturing, tourism, agribusiness, construction and professional services.
Economic Development (City of Greater 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 Economic Development's website.