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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Growth in the ACT
Between June 2011 and June 2012, much of the ACT's growth occurred in the newly established suburbs in the north. The largest population increases were in Bonner (up 1,700 people), Forde (920), Crace (750) and Harrison (680), all within the northern SA3 of Gungahlin.
Of the established SA2s, rapid increases were recorded in Belconnen (up 12%), and Civic, Watson and Kingston - Barton (each up 10%). Most of this growth was due to an increase in high- and medium-density dwellings in the ACT's business centres.
Growth in the surrounding region
Population growth in areas immediately surrounding the ACT, from which many people commute to work in Canberra, continued in 2011-12. The SA3 of Queanbeyan grew by 430 people, while neighbouring Goulburn - Yass increased by 960 people.
Population decline in the ACT
Small population decreases were recorded in half of all SA2s in the ACT between June 2011 and June 2012. Many of the largest declines continued to be in the SA3 of Tuggeranong, with Kambah decreasing by 180 people, Wanniassa by 160, and Gordon by 150. The population in all SA2s within Tuggeranong, except for Greenway (which contains Tuggeranong town centre), decreased or remained stable over this period.
At June 2012, the overall population density of the ACT was 159 people per square kilometre (sq km), up slightly from 156 people per sq km in June 2011. However, population density varied widely across the Territory. The SA3s of Weston Creek, North Canberra, Belconnen and Woden each had population densities of over 1,000 people per sq km, while Cotter - Namadgi (which covers more than two-thirds of the geographical area of the ACT) had a population density of just 0.4 people per sq km.
The SA2s with the highest population densities at June 2012 were Braddon (3,600 people per sq km) in Canberra's inner-north, Palmerston (3,000) in the Gungahlin SA3, and Turner (2,500) also in the inner-north.
The largest increases in population density within the ACT in 2011-12 occurred in the new, northern suburbs of Bonner (up 620 people per sq km), Forde (480) and Crace (450). Half of all SA2s in the ACT recorded a decrease in population density in this period. The largest decreases were in Isabella Plains, Evatt and Gowrie (each down 36 people per sq km).
CENTRE OF POPULATION
The centre of population in the ACT at June 2012 was near the southern banks of Lake Burley Griffin, in the suburb of Yarralumla.
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