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Economic and Tourism Statistics

Cessnock Local Government Area

The current estimated resident population is 54,979 (2014). Cessnock LGA had the Highest growth rate in the Hunter Region between 2006-2011 Census with 10%, resulting in the third highest growth in regional NSW. Cessnock LGA has a long history of coal mining, manufacturing, construction, agriculture (e.g. grazing, poultry), viticulture and related tourism activities, all of which are still its primary employment sectors. With the decline in the prominence of traditional industries such as mining and manufacturing for Cessnock LGA, diversification into the visitor economy has proven critical to rebuilding a sustainable and resilient community.

Whilst important to the Cessnock LGA economy, mining is no longer the only major industry with significant investment having occurred to build Cessnock City into a thriving centre, the region is now harnessing the benefits of being a vibrant place to live and visit. Cessnock town centre is the administrative, retail and service centre for the LGA with Kurri Kurri town centre being an important secondary retail node and the industrial heart of the LGA. Local villages service the basic needs of rural and outlying areas. Cessnock City is well serviced in terms of education and training, children, cultural and community, health, aged care, recreation and sports. Cessnock is a rural LGA with just over 50% of the area of the LGA being zoned rural. It is bounded by the Watagan, Sugarloaf and Broken Back Ranges to the east, south and west, with National Parks and State Forests covering approximately 40% of the LGA. The scenic attributes of the LGA are highly valued by residents and visitors.

For a range of economic data including a current Economic Snapshot, Tourism research data and Tourism economic modeling, please visit Council's dedicated business website:

Cessnock socioeconomic statistics can be found utilising the below tools: