Record Population Growth in Australian Capital Cities,

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Article: Australia’s capital cities experienced a significant surge in population, with a record-breaking increase of over 500,000 people in the year ending June 2023, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS head of demography, Beidar Cho, attributed this growth to net overseas migration, which played a major role in driving the population growth.

Melbourne and Sydney witnessed the most substantial increases, with Melbourne seeing a rise of 167,500 people, closely followed by Sydney with an increase of 146,700.

Perth and Brisbane also experienced significant growth, adding over 80,000 people each.

Notably, these five cities collectively recorded their highest annual population growth since 1971.

The combined growth rate for the capital cities was 3.

Australia, which stood at 1.

Perth boasted the highest growth rate at 3.

Melbourne at 3.

Brisbane at 3.

The majority of the population growth occurred in the outer-suburban areas of the capital cities, fueled by net internal migration gains.

Rockbank – Mount Cottrell in Melbourne’s west experienced the most significant increase of 4,300 people, followed by Marsden Park – Shanes Park in Sydney (3,900 people) and Boronia Heights – Park Ridge in Brisbane (2,000 people).

Outside the capital cities, notable growth areas included Caloundra West – Baringa and Landsborough in Queensland, both witnessing an increase of 1,700 people, and Barwon Heads – Armstrong Creek and Delacombe in Victoria, experiencing growth of 1,100 people each.

The ABS data highlights the continued urbanization and population concentration within Australia’s capital cities, with implications for infrastructure, housing, and resource allocation.

As these cities face unprecedented growth, it becomes crucial for policymakers and urban planners to address the associated challenges and ensure sustainable development to support the needs of the growing population.