JOURNAL OF FACTS
For the year ending 31 December 2007, the population of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) increased by 4 500 people, bringing the estimated resident population to 340 800. The annual growth rate was 1.3%, which was below the national average of 1.6%.
Natural increase accounted for 71% (3 200 persons) of the population growth, Net interstate migration accounted for 21% (960 persons) and Net overseas migration 8% (350 persons).
Country of birth
According to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, a little over one in five (21.7%) ACT usual residents were born overseas, with the main overseas countries of birth being England (4% of ACT usual residents), New Zealand (1.2%), and China (1.1%). Nationally, 22.2% of Australian usual residents were born overseas.
ACT residents were the most long-lived people in Australia in 2006, with the highest life expectancy at birth - 80.0 years for males and 83.9 years for females. For Australia, average life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years for males and 83.5 years for females.
Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2007 (cat. no. 3101.0)
2006 Census of Population and Housing
Deaths, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3302.0)