Decline in the quantity of non metropolitan electorates in N.S.W. since 1904. From 53% to 25%.

Decline in the quantity of non metropolitan electorates in N.S.W. since 1904. From 53% to 25%.
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In 1904, 47 electorates (53%) in N.S.W were in the non-metropolitan areas, while 43 (47%) were located in the Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong metropolitan areas.

In 2018, 23 electorates (25%) are in non metropolitan areas, while 70 (75%) are in the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan areas.

Since 1904 the quantity of non metropolitan  electorates has decreased by 24, while the quantity of metropolitan electorates has increased by 27. 

The change in electorates is due to the number of electorates being set at 93, and changes in population throughout N.S.W.

To decide the location of electorates, the population of N.S.W. is first divided by 93 to calculate the average population for each electorate, allowing a margin of 5%. The boundaries of each electorate are then drawn to include the required population.

More information is available at:

http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/about_elections/electoral_boundaries/about_redistributions

The increase in the quantity of metropolitan electorates is due to increased population growth in metropolitan areas relative to non-metropolitan areas. As the metropolitan population has grown, the quantity of metropolitan electorates has increased, while the quantity of non-metropolitan electorates has decreased. 

2015 Redistribution.

Since the 2015 redistribution, there are  a total of 93 electorates.

70 (75%) are in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

23 (25%) are in the non metropolitan area. 

 

After the 1998 redistribution, there were  a total of 93 electorates.

68 (73%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

25 (27%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1991 redistribution, there were  a total of 99 electorates.

71 (72%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

28 (28%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1987 redistribution, there were  a total of 109 electorates.

79 (72%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

30 (28%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1980 redistribution, there were  a total of 99 electorates.

74 (75%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

25 (25%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1973 redistribution, there were  a total of 99 electorates.

69 (70%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

30 (30%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1970 redistribution, there were  a total of 96 electorates.

67 (70%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

29 (30%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1966 redistribution, there were  a total of 94 electorates.

67 (71%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

27 (29%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

After the 1961 redistribution, there were  a total of 94 electorates.

63 (68%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

31 (32%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 


After the 1957 redistribution, there were  a total of 94 electorates.

64 (68%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

30 (32%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1952 redistribution, there were  a total of 94 electorates.

64 (68%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

30 (32%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1949 redistribution, there were  a total of 94 electorates.

62 (66%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

32 (34%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1940 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

54 (60%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

36 (40%) were in the non metropolitan area.


 

After the 1929 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

53 (59%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

37 (41%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1926 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

55 (61%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

35 (39%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1919 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

9 metropolitan electorates had 5 members each – 45 (50%)

15 rural electorates had 3 members each – 45 (50%).

 

After the 1912 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

47 (52%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

43 (48%) were in the non metropolitan area.


After the 1904 redistribution, there were  a total of 90 electorates.

42 (47%) were in the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong area.

48 (53%) were in the non metropolitan area.

 

Maps from N.S.W. Department of Lands.

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