On July 31st, 2012, the ABS quietly released the official population estimates (Estimated Resident Population, or ERP) for small areas in Australia. These are the first official population figures available for areas below the State level based on the 2011 Census results. What do they tell us about our capital cities?
Greater Melbourne has had the largest growth among the capitals, over one year, 5 years and 10 years. The 10 year growth is particularly impressive, adding ove 647,000 people, 170,000 more than Sydney.
The fastest growth was in Perth, up by 26.2% over 10 years, and 15.2% over 5 years. Perth’s one year growth was particularly strong – in 2010-11 it added almost as many people as Sydney (obviously Sydney is a much larger city).
Brisbane also had strong growth over this period.
Hobart and Adelaide were the slowest growing capitals, with 9.1% and 9.4% 10-year growth respectively.
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Please note that the ABS have redefined the geographic areas of the capital cities as part of moving to the new statistical geography. Fortunately they have “backcast” on the new boundaries so we have populations back to 1971 for the new areas. Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane’s areas have expanded considerably in the new geography. However the ABS have also revised downwards the pre-Census estimates, due to lower numbers of people counted in the Census than expected.
If you are looking for State populations, analysed these in a previous blog. Next we will look in more detail at suburbs and LGA in each State..
Access more information about the Australian Census 2011.