Melbourne is set to overtake Sydney as Australia’s biggest city in just seven years

Melbourne is set to overtake Sydney as Australia’s biggest city within the next seven years, with the city growing by 327 people every day. 

Melbourne saw the largest population increase in the country with 119,421 people, or 2.5 per cent in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Most of Melbourne’s population growth (65 per cent) was due to net overseas migration, natural increases accounted for 30 per cent and net internal migration five per cent. 

According to the ABS Greater Sydney had seven of the ten most densely-populated areas

According to the ABS Greater Sydney had seven of the ten most densely-populated areas

According to the ABS Greater Sydney had seven of the ten most densely-populated areas

This makes Melbourne the fastest growing city ahead of the Australian Capital Territory (2.2%) and Brisbane (2.1%) according to the ABS

POPULATION OF AUSTRALIAN CITIES 2018

Sydney                                              5,230,330

Melbourne                                      4,963,349

Brisbane                                           2,462,637 

Perth                                                  2,059,484 

Adelaide                                              1,345,777

Hobart                                                    232,606

Darwin                                                    148,564

The ABS also showed that the estimated resident population in the greater area of Melbourne is 4,963,349, falling second to Sydney who holds the highest number in Australia with 5,230,330 people in 2018. 

The city of Sydney ranked fourth in its overall population growth with 1.8 per cent between 2017 and 2018, bringing its total population to more than 5.2 million people. 

According to the ABS, net overseas migration added 71,000 people to the population in Sydney in 2017-2018. 

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However, Sydney recorded a net internal migration loss as 27,300 more people left Sydney to move to other parts of the country than arrived from around Australia.

The rest of the growth was made up by natural increases.   

In New South Wales, both the largest and fastest growth area was recorded in Sydney’s northwest. 

This is the smallest increase recorded since 2014- 2015.  

Melbourne beat Sydney with the biggest population increase in the country by 2.5 per cent

Melbourne beat Sydney with the biggest population increase in the country by 2.5 per cent

Melbourne beat Sydney with the biggest population increase in the country by 2.5 per cent

This leaves the inner city of Melbourne is the most densely populated area in the country, with 20,700 people per square kilometre. 

Even though Melbourne is the fastest growing city Sydney still holds seven of the ten most densely-populated areas in Australia in June 2018 – with a total population of more than 5.2 million.

Potts Point and Woolloomooloo in inner Sydney came second in Australia with a density of 16,610 people per sq km and the Pyrmont Ultimo area is third with 16,526 per sq km.

Based on the current growth rates, Melbourne is due to overtake Sydney as Australia’s most populated city by 2026, which hasn’t happened since the last century. 

 

 

 

 

 

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