Melbourne sees largest popular growth in Australia

by Ray Clancy on September 9, 2014

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Melbourne is proving to be the most popular place in Australia, with the latest data showing that the city’s population has again exceeded Sydney’s.

Between 2008 and 2013, not only did Melbourne grow faster (at 11% compared to 8% for Sydney), but it also experienced a larger increase in population at 416,500, compared to 347,500.


Melbourne’s population is growing at a much faster rate than that of Sydney

Overall, Victoria’s population grew by 483,000 people, or 9.2%, between 2008 and 2013, the fifth fastest growth of all states and territories, behind Western Australia at 16%, Queensland at 10%, Northern Territory and ACT both at 9.5%. The vast majority of this growth, 86%, can be attributed to Melbourne’s increased population.

Whilst the median age of Victorians in 2013 was the same as that of Australia at 37.3 years of age, a number of areas within the state were among the nation’s oldest. They included the coastal areas of Paynesville, with a median age of 57.8 years, Queenscliff at 55.4 and Portarlington at 54.9.

These areas also had high proportions of people aged 65 years and over, and low proportions of working people aged 15 to 64. The coastal areas of Paynesville at 36%, Queenscliff at 34% and Rosebud-McCrae at 32%, had the highest proportions of aged residents in the state.

Around 77% of Victorians of working age lived in Melbourne. The proportions of people aged 15 to 64 years were highest in inner city Melbourne at 94%, Southbank at 90%, Docklands at 88% and Carlton at 88%, reflecting the high number of students and professionals living in these areas.

Overall, the latest regional population numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show just how much variety and contrast there is across the nation.

‘Our latest figures for the age and sex of people all around Australia make for some interesting reading,’ said Denise Carlton from the ABS.

The median age of areas in Australia ranges from a low of 22.5 years in Yarrabah in Queensland’s Far North, to a high of 60 years in Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest on the New South Wales coast.

The data also shows that men outnumber women the most in Western Australia’s East Pilbara, where there are 338 males for every 100 females. In contrast, Deakin in the ACT had just 82 males for every 100 females, the lowest ratio in Australia.

In Queensland, Yarrabah, an Aboriginal community in Queensland’s Far North, has Australia’s youngest population, with a median age of just 22.5 years, compared with 37.3 for the Australian population.

The data also shows that in South Australia, Adelaide’s child population is growing slower than any other mainland capital city. Over the last five years, the number of people under 15 years went up by only 4.7% compared to 16% in Perth, 9.8% in Brisbane and 9.6% in Canberra.

In Western Australia, Perth has retained its position as the fastest growing capital city in Australia. Outstripping all other capitals, Perth grew 17% between 2008 and 2013, ahead of Darwin at 12% and Brisbane at 11%.

In the Northern Territory, Darwin has retained its mantle as Australia’s youngest capital with a median age of just 33 years, compared to 34.6 years for nearest rival Canberra.

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