A map of the fastest growing cities in Australia (2019 update)

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. Caroline Constant says:

    Awesome post! I am in the Kimberley region (regional WA), which experienced an overall decline of 0.3%. Being in a remote region, it is always tricky to rely on boom times in the economic cycle to attract and/or retain internal and overseas migrants to the region. In the long run, I think most of our potential for population growth lies in the natural increase (which here is propped up by the Indigenous component of the population, nearly 50% of all residents).

    It is excellent that the ABS now breaks down the components of population growth, this certainly gives further insight into the dynamics of growth (or decline!).

    I look forward to the post Glenn is writing about how the ABS calculates changes to the population between Censuses.


  2. Robin Elijah says:

    As a small Business owner and local employer – I look forward to these updates to help me plan for the future. Great information and constructive analysis.

    Thanks .id team.


  3. John Russel says:

    This site http://confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/australia/demographics/ is claiming that in Australia, the population density is 2.8 people per square kilometer (7 per square mile).
    Can someone please confirm if this statistic is true?

    • Hi John – this is fairly close, but I suspect based on slightly old data – The figure is now 3.2 people per square km.

      It’s actually right on the home page of our Australia profile.

      Population (2018) – 24,992,860
      Land area (sqkm) – 7,702,135

      Pop/area = 3.244 people/sqkm

      It’s expressed on the page as 0.03 people per hectare (100 hectares in a square km).

      But the gist of the article – sparse population overall – is correct, even if the figure is slightly different. Of course the vast majority of Australians live in cities with population densities of many thousands per square km.

  4. Gazza says:

    Ipswich has had 5% growth for a couple of years snd thats not mentioned. 5th biggest city in Qld and even bigger than melbourne lga population

    • Hi Gazza,

      The City of Ipswich grew 3.46% (7,138 people) in 2018 and 3.2% in the previous year. It is consistently adding around 3%-4% each year at the moment, but has not hit 5%. It’s right up there and included on the map, but just misses out on the top 10 lists by both percentage and raw numbers in 2018.

      Total population size of Ipswich (213,608 in 2018) is indeed larger than the City of Melbourne – but then the City of Melbourne isn’t huge in resident population terms, covering just the CBD and a few inner suburbs of Melbourne as just one of the 31 LGAs making up metropolitan Melbourne. The City of Melbourne’s population of 169,961 in 2018 (also a palindromic number!) only makes up about 3.5% of Greater Melbourne’s population.


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