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.