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Melbourne closes in on Sydney’s population growth

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  • March 31 2021
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Melbourne closes in on Sydney’s population growth

By Reporter
March 31 2021

Melbourne is hot on the heels of Sydney’s population growth, as it inches closer to taking over as the country’s biggest city since Sydney established itself as the most populous back in the early 1990s.

Melbourne closes in on Sydney population growth

Melbourne closes in on Sydney’s population growth

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By Reporter
  • March 31 2021
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Melbourne is hot on the heels of Sydney’s population growth, as it inches closer to taking over as the country’s biggest city since Sydney established itself as the most populous back in the early 1990s.

Melbourne closes in on Sydney population growth

According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Sydney’s population stood at 5.37 million on 30 June 2020, up 1.1 per cent from a year earlier, and just 207,995 above Melbourne’s 5.16 million figure.

Surprisingly, and despite a growing sea-change/tree-change trend, Melbourne had the largest population increase, growing by more than 80,000 people.

Although Melbourne’s toughest and longest lockdown kicked in after the ABS figures were compiled, the city is well and truly closing in on Sydney, which took over as the country’s biggest city in 1902.

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But the latter months of COVID are expected to put Sydney at a slight advantage, as a number of Melburnians are tipped to have packed their bags in protest against the state government in the September quarter.

As for Australia’s other capital cities, it was Brisbane and Perth that saw the highest growth rates in the year to June 2020.

Brisbane's population grew by 1.9 per cent during 2019-20, while Perth added 1.8 per cent.

In fact, only Darwin experienced a decrease in population during 2019-20, with 180 fewer people calling the Northern Territory capital home at 30 June 2020 compared to the previous year.


ERP at 30 June 2020

2019-20 (no.)

2019-20 (%)

Sydney

5,367,206

57,107

1.1

Melbourne

5,159,211

80,088

1.6

Brisbane

2,560,720

46,914

1.9

Adelaide

1,376,601

16,127

1.2

Perth

2,125,114

37,559

1.8

Hobart

238,834

2,610

1.1

Darwin

147,231

-184

-0.1

Canberra

431,380

5,095

1.2

Total capital cities

17,406,297

245,316

1.4

ABS data also reveals the population growth hotspots within the capitals and the rest of the country.

Mickleham - Yuroke in Melbourne’s outer north had the highest growth rate (33 per cent) in Australia in 2019-20, while Riverstone - Marsden Park in Sydney's outer north-west had the largest growth (up by 8,900 people).

State/Territory

Largest growth 2019-20

Highest growth rate 2019-20(a)

Area

Number

Area

Per cent

Victoria

Cranbourne East

6,300

Mickleham - Yuroke

32.8

New South Wales

Riverstone - Marsden Park

8,900

Riverstone - Marsden Park

27.8

Queensland

Pimpama

2,700

Ripley

20.3

Northern Territory

Palmerston - South

830

Palmerston - South

14.6

Australian Capital Territory

Throsby

550

Moncrieff

14.3

Western Australia 

Ellenbrook

2,400

Alkimos - Eglinton

10.2

South Australia

Munno Para West - Angle Vale

970

Munno Para West - Angle Vale

6.6

Tasmania

Newnham - Mayfield

290

Rokeby

4.0

Melbourne closes in on Sydney’s population growth
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