At the northern end of the area are Karuah and Twelve Mile Creek. Located adjacent to Port Stephens and straddling the Karuah River, Karuah is predominantly residential. It is the location of the largest Aboriginal community in the area. Twelve Mile Creek is almost exclusively rural.
Centrally located in the area, between Raymond Terrace and Port Stephens are Campvale, Ferodale and Medowie. Ferodale is dominated by Grahamstown Dam, a man-made dam with a capacity of 131,800 megalitres (4,650×10^6 cu ft) that is a major source of fresh water in the region. The remainder of this area is a mix of rural, semi-rural and residential developments.
A map of the various towns, suburbs and localities within the Port Stephens Council area is available from the Port Stephens Council website.
were 67,825 people resident in the area, the 36th largest in New South Wales. It was equal to 0.9% of the New South Wales population of 7,232,589
was an increase of 1,139 people over the year to 30 June 2009, the 33rd largest population growth in a Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 1.1% of the 105,421 increase in the population of New South Wales
was, in percentage terms, an increase of 1.7% in the number of people over the year to 30 June 2009, the 32nd fastest growth in population of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 1.5%
was an increase in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2010 of 8,860 people or 15% (1.5% in annual average terms), the 18th highest rate of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 657,372 or 10% (1.0% in annual average terms) over the same period.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during 2003–04, there:
were 21,149 wage and salary earners (ranked 42nd in New South Wales and 113th in Australia, 0.8% of New South Wales's 2,558,415 and 0.3% of Australia's 7,831,856)
was a total income of $757,559,870 (around $758 million) (ranked 45th in New South Wales and 117th in Australia, 0.7% of New South Wales's $107,179,688,262 (around $107 billion) and 0.2% of Australia's $304,034,755,876 (around $304 billion))
was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $35,820 (ranked 66th in New South Wales and 208th in Australia, 87% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 92% of Australia's $38,820)
was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $32,473 (ranked 69th in New South Wales and 233rd in Australia, 92% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 95% of Australia's $34,149).
Port Stephens Council is composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the nine other Councillors are elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
Port Stephens Council covers an area of 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi), stretching approximately 57 kilometres (35 mi) from east to west and approximately 30 km (19 mi) from north to south, and experiences various climatic conditions throughout the LGA. These are monitored by five weather stations, four of which are located at the approximate cardinal points of the area, operated by the Bureau of Meteorology. The fifth station is located on RAAF Base Williamtown. The following tables indicate average climatic data throughout the area.