Suburb Profiles

City of Ryde. North Shore of Sydney, NSW

About the City of Ryde

The City of Ryde is a highly-rated residential and commercial precinct with significant infrastructure on Sydney’s North Shore. The municipality includes one of the Australia’s leading high-technology commercial precincts, as well as major medical and educational facilities.

Facilities and amenities are being enhanced through major urban renewal developments, led by the $500 million Top Ryde Shopping Centre project, which is part of a larger re-development of Ryde Town Centre.

The City of Ryde is also a place of considerable history, with grand old architecture in buildings such as Curzon Hall, The Hermitage, The Parsonage and Willandra, all built in the 1800s, which provide a contrast to the modern, cosmopolitan metropolis that continues to emerge in the area.

Following price growth in recent years, the suburbs in this precinct have some of the strongest long-term growth rates in Australia, with many suburbs averaging 10% per year over the past decade.


  • Strong transport links to central Sydney
  • Urban renewal projects
  • $440 million Macquarie Shopping Centre redevelopment
  • $500 million Top Ryde Shopping Centre development
  • $430 million Stamford Grand project
  • State Significant Development in North Ryde Station Precinct

Population and Demographics

The City of Ryde is where you will find many of tomorrow’s leaders. This region attracts young adults without children. One-third of people living in the City of Ryde are aged from 20–40 (compared to the NSW average of 27% in this age group), but only 11.6% of Ryde residents are aged under 20 – half the average figure for NSW and Australia.

Ryde residents are well-educated – 28.6% have university degrees, twice the NSW average. A large number of Ryde residents (32%) hold down professional jobs or are managers (14%) or are clerks or administrative workers (17%). Computer system design and related services feature highly on the list of leading employers in Ryde, together with the hospitality, education, medical, legal and accountancy industries.

Ryde is culturally diverse with the many residents originating from England, China, Ireland or Italy. Those who speak English only at home make up 54%, with the remainder being bi-lingual.


  • 13 – 25 km north-west of the Sydney CBD
  • 10 km east of Parramatta
  • Covers about 40 km² between the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers
  • Local government area: City of Ryde


  • Population 2011 Census: 103,000
  • Projected population 2031: 135,000
  • Median age: 36

Source: ABS

Home Ownership

  • 32% own their homes
  • 31% have mortgages
  • 33% rent their homes

Source: 2011 Census