Sydney's population tops 5 million as fastest growing suburbs revealed

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 30, 2017

Melbourne had the largest population growth of all capital cities last financial year, increasing by almost 108,000 people to hit 4.64 million.

It took Sydney nearly 30 years - from 1971 to 2000 - to grow from three million to four million people, but only half that time to reach the five million mark, ABS demography director Beidar Cho said in a statement.

At the end of June 2016, some 5,005,400 people lived in Sydney - up 82,800 from the previous year - according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released on Thursday.

The population of Australia's biggest city has always been similar to NZ's overall population.

Sydney absorbed 78 per cent of NSW's total population increase in 2015-16 and the 10 local areas with the state's largest population increases were all in the metropolitan area.

Australia's estimated resident population (ERP) reached 24.1 million at 30 June 2016, increasing by 337,800 people or 1.4 per cent since 30 June 2015.

Sydney's population has always been similar to NZ - from 1970 to 2000 NZ's population was (give or take) 150,000 behind.

Perth, despite the mining downturn, saw its population grow by 1.3%, although it fell in other parts of the state.

The ABS said that Melbourne's population increased by 107,800 to 4,641,600 in the year to June last year, equating to percentage gain of 2.4%, the fastest of all Australia's capitals. On current trends Melbourne will overtake Sydney as Australia's biggest city in the mid-2050s. By then both cities will be home to more than 8 million people.

Australia's slowest growing capital city was Adelaide, with a growth rate of less than one per cent.

While Sydney retained top spot as the most populous city in the country, the gap to its southern rival, Melbourne, continued to decrease.

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