Top 50 largest cities in Australia by population in 2013

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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6 Responses

  1. Robin Spragg says:

    Yes, the Top 50 List is certainly addictive! But I think the ‘Urban Centre’ process has some flaws. It also means that Tweed Heads does not feature independently as a major NSW regional centre. In some ways, LGA populations give a better impression of the relative size of regional catchments.

    • Thanks Robin,

      The ABS actually does normally split these by state boundaries when they do the output. So Tweed normally is available (as “Gold Coast-Tweed (Tweed Part)” – I combined the contiguous urban centres that crossed state lines to get a national list in order of population size. The main ones are Albury (45,625)-Wodonga (31,605) and Gold Coast (478,108)-Tweed (55,551). These are the only state-crossing UCLs where both parts would make the top 50 on their own. Others include mostly Murray river towns like Echuca-Moama, Yarrawonga-Mulwala, Barham-Koondrook, and these mostly fall outside the top 50 anyway.

  2. R Jane Prasetyo says:

    Glenn.. what happened to Caboolture?? Iam sure it is bigger than Nambour??

  3. R Jane Prasetyo says:

    Strathpine? Redcliffe??

  4. R Jane Prasetyo says:


    • Caboolture, the suburbs of Redland, Ipswich and Strathpine are all part of the Brisbane urban centre. This is an urban centre view of population – it is created by building up contiguous urban areas. Generally centres with less than a 3km distance between them are merged into a single community, though there are exceptions to this.

      Our capital cities now contain many areas which were once separate towns but now form part of the urban area. Eg. the Melbourne urban centre now includes Cranbourne, Berwick, Craigieburn and Werribee. Sydney includes most of the Blue Mountains (it really is continuously urban out to there!), Penrith, Camden and Heathcote. Perth has taken in Midland, Rockingham and Mandurah, and yes, Ipswich is now part of Brisbane.

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