79 % Of Total Population In Capital Cities Year Ended 30 June 2019

79 % Of Total Population In Capital Cities Year Ended 30 June 2019

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

300,000 More People Living In Capital Cities

Victor P Taffa

Population living in Australia’s capitals increased by 303,100 people during 2018-19, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“Capital city growth accounted for 79 % of Australia’s total population increase in the year ending 30 June 2019.” ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Cho said.

“Just over 17 Million people now live in the capitals.”

Melbourne’s population grew by 113,500 to reach 5 Million residents during 2018-19. This was the largest growth for any capital city, and was followed by Sydney (up 87,100 people), Brisbane (52,600) and Perth (27,400).

Melbourne also had the highest growth rate (2.3 %), ahead of Brisbane (2.1 %) and Sydney (1.7 %).

 
Capital City Change Over 2018-19 Population At 30 Jun 2019
Number % Number
 
Melbourne 113,500 2.3% 5,078,200
Sydney 87,100 1.7% 5,312,200
Brisbane 52,600 2.1% 2,514,200
Perth 27,400 1.3% 2,086,000
Adelaide 13,900 1.0% 1,359,800
Canberra 6,300 1.5% 426,700
Hobart 3,400 1.5% 236,100
Darwin -1,100 -0.8% 147,300
All Capital Cities 303,100 1.8% 17,160,400
 

 

Today’s data also reveals the growth hotspots within the capitals and the rest of the country.

Cranbourne East in Melbourne’s outer south-east had the largest growth (up by 7,800 people) in Australia in 2018-19, while Mickleham – Yuroke in Melbourne’s outer north had the highest growth rate (53 %).

 
State/Territory Largest Growth 2018-19   Highest Growth Rate 2018-19(a)
Area Number   Area %
 
Victoria Cranbourne East 7,800   Mickleham – Yuroke 52.5%
New South Wales Cobbitty – Leppington 5,300   Riverstone – Marsden Park 19.8%
Queensland Pimpama 3,300   Ripley 26.6%
Western Australia Ellenbrook 2,200   Alkimos – Eglinton 12.4%
Australian Capital Territory Moncrieff 1,100   Moncrieff 38.1%
South Australia Mount Barker 850   Munno Para West – Angle Vale 5.8%
Northern Territory Palmerston – South 730   Palmerston – South 14.8%
Tasmania Sorell – Richmond 240   Old Beach – Otago 3.8%
 
(a) Excludes areas with less than 1,000 people at June 2018.

These statistics predate the 2019-20 Australian summer bushfires and COVID-19.