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

**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.