CITY CENTER POPULATION: 150,000

METROPOLITAN AREA POPULATION: 4.3 million

AUSTRALIA POPULATION: 21.4 million

SYDNEY MEDIAN AGE: 35

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: 60,000 Australian dollars, or $52,080 at current exchange.

SIZE: 10.1 square miles, including the city center and 24 suburbs.

AMOUNT OF SYDNEY RESIDENTS BORN OVERSEAS: 50 percent; Sydney residents represent 180 nationalities and speak 140 languages.

VALUE OF TOURISM TO THE ECONOMY: Tourism added 85 billion Australian dollars, or $73.8 billion, to the 1 trillion Australian dollars ($868 billion) economy in the 2006-’07 financial year.

PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN TOURISM: 482,800

MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE: 551,000 Australian dollars ($478,000).

MEDIAN APARTMENT VALUE: 363,000 Australian dollars ($315,000).

NUMBER OF BEACHES IN SYDNEY:
37

NUMBER OF SHIPWRECKS AROUND THE COASTLINE: 16,000

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CLIMBED SYDNEY HARBOR BRIDGE SINCE ITS 1998 LAUNCH:
Two million.

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION LIVING ON OR NEAR THE COAST: 80

FAMOUS SYDNEY-SIDERS:
Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch.

Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics,City of Sydney, Tourism Australia, Tourism NSW, Surf Lifesaving Australia, Australian Property Monitors, International Visitor Survey.

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