300,000 more people living capital cities

Released
25/03/2020

The 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 per cent of Australia's total population increase in the year ending 30 June 2019," said ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Cho. "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 per cent), ahead of Brisbane (2.1 per cent) and Sydney (1.7 per cent).

Capital cityChange over 2018-19Population at 30 Jun 2019
NumberPer centNumber
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 per cent).

State/TerritoryLargest growth 2018-19Highest growth rate 2018-19(a)
AreaNumberAreaPer cent
VictoriaCranbourne East
7,800
Mickleham - Yuroke
52.5
New South WalesCobbitty - Leppington
5,300
Riverstone - Marsden Park
19.8
QueenslandPimpama
3,300
Ripley
26.6
Western AustraliaEllenbrook
2,200
Alkimos - Eglinton
12.4
Australian Capital TerritoryMoncrieff
1,100
Moncrieff
38.1
South AustraliaMount Barker
850
Munno Para West - Angle Vale
5.8
Northern TerritoryPalmerston - South
730
Palmerston - South
14.8
TasmaniaSorell - Richmond
240
Old Beach - Otago
3.8
a. Excludes areas with less than 1,000 people at June 2018.
 

Statistics in this publication predate the 2019-20 Australian summer bushfires and COVID-19.

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