Melbourne becomes Australia’s fastest growing capital city
Melbourne is officially Australia’s fastest growing capital city, with the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing its population is up by 2.1%.
This figure for 2014/2015 is down slightly from the 2.2% recorded in the previous 12 month period but still higher than the next fastest growing capital Darwin where the population increased by 1.9%.
Perth, which has been one of the fastest growing capital cities since the mid-2000s, grew by 1.6%, down from 1.9% the previous year and now sits equal fourth with Brisbane, behind Sydney where the population grew by 1.7%.
The data report suggests that Sydney is well on target to becoming the first Australian capital city to reach five million people, growing by 83,300 in 2014/2015 to hit 4.92 million.
Brisbane’s population may be increasing at its slowest rate for over a decade, but Queensland has some of the largest growing regional areas in the country. While the population increased by 1.6% in Brisbane, in the rest of Queensland it was up by 1%, the fastest growth rate of all rest of state regions, ahead of rest of New South Wales at 0.8% and Victoria at 0.6%.
Hobart is the only Australian capital city to record an increasing rate of population growth in each of the past three years, the data also shows. Although growing at the slowest rate of all capital cities at 0.8%, Hobart’s growth rate has been steadily increasing since 2012/2013, and is up from 0.6% in 2013/2014.
Overall the fastest growing areas in each state and territory were Cobbitty – Leppington in New South Wales, Cranbourne East in Victoria, Pimpama in Queensland, Munno Para West – Angle Vale in South Australia, North Coogee in Western Australia, Rokeby in Tasmania, Palmerston – South in the Northern Territory, and South West Canberra in Australian Capital Territory.