G21 Region Profile (2019)

The G21 Region Profile (2019 edition) is a marker-in-time, providing a snapshot of our region’s current vital statistics.

It is an invaluable reference for business, government and community-sector planning, and as a resource for G21 as it advocates on behalf of the region.

It is intended to be read in conjunction with the Geelong Region Plan, which is the state and federal government-adopted blueprint for the region towards 2050.

The wealth of information assembled in the Profile paints a detailed and vibrant ‘words and numbers picture’ of our region.

It includes information on subjects as diverse as population demographics, economic development, climate and rainfall, urban settlement, social disadvantage, education, community services, crime rates, property values and human health and wellbeing.

For instance, did you know:

  • The G21 region has an older population than the whole of Victoria; with 18.1 percent of the region’s residents over 65 years, compared to 15.6 percent for Victoria.
  • More than 17,000 workers commute from Geelong to greater Melbourne for work each day, while about 6,500 come the other way. Much of the commuting is by train, with 8.67 million trips in 2017-18, which is up from 3.89 million in 2012-13.
  • About 60 percent of households in the G21 region own two or more cars, which is above the state average of 56 percent. So it’s unsurprising that about 74 percent of people go to work by car in the G21 region; well above the state average of 68 percent.
  • Of the region’s 147,000 dwellings about 18 percent are unoccupied, due largely to the number of holiday homes. This is well above the state average of 11 percent.
  • In 2017 the region exported about $7.9 billion, with more than half (53 percent) coming from the manufacturing sector.

The G21 Region Profile (2019) was compiled for G21 by Geelong-based consultancy - Civic Collective.

The G21 Region Profile is supported by five municipal-specific companion profiles — covering Colac-Otway, Golden Plains, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast and Greater Geelong — and sets of data tables.


G21 Region Profile / G21 Region data tables

Colac Otway Profile / Colac Otway data tables 
Golden Plains Profile / Golden Plains data tables 
Greater Geelong Profile / Greater Geelong data tables 
Queenscliffe Profile / Queenscliffe data tables 
Surf Coast Profile / Surf Coast data tables

You may also be interested in our population search tools on the Social & Economic Profiling page

* The Profile documents are published here in low-resolution format. High-resolution PDF versions can be made available. Data files are available in Excel. If you require either of these, please contact the G21 office on 5227 4000.