3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Population density

Australia's population density at June 2019 was 3.3 people per square kilometre (sq km). 

The most densely populated areas were: 

    • Inner-city Melbourne (21,900 people per sq km)
    • Potts Point - Woolloomooloo (16,800) and Pyrmont - Ultimo (16,600), both in inner Sydney


Population grid

Population density can also be explored at a finer level by breaking Australia up into 1 kmē grid cells.

Grid cells can be grouped into population density classes, ranging from no population to very high.
  • Sydney had the largest combined area in the high and very high density classes (187 kmē), followed by Melbourne (74 kmē), Brisbane (15 kmē) and Canberra (1 kmē).
  • No other capital cities had areas in the high or very high density classes.

Total area (kmē) in population density classes by capital city

No population
Very low
Low
Medium
High
Very High
(0)*
(Less than 500)*
(500-2000)*
(2000-5000)*
(5000-8000)*
(More than 8000)*

Sydney
6,633
3,898
806
840
131
56
Melbourne
2,005
5,918
953
1,054
58
16
Brisbane
5,004
9,630
786
415
14
1
Adelaide
193
2,368
398
291
0
0
Perth
2,487
2,811
725
392
0
0
Hobart
475
1,089
112
18
0
0
Darwin
2,159
942
52
19
0
0
Canberra
1,777
327
200
55
1
0

* people per square kilometre