The 50 largest cities and towns in Australia

Australia’s population has grown 1.4% in the past year, and 7.9% in 5 years and now over 24 million people are living in Australia.

But where do they live and how have our cities grown?25944084_l

The latest release from those smart demographers at iD The Population Experts  dissects the ABS Regional Population Growth figures and they have listed the top 50 cities and towns.

Combined these 50 centres  have a population of 19,411,452, or 82% of Australia’s population.

So less than 1 in 5 people lives outside these and 47% live in just the top two – Sydney and Melbourne.

It’s also worth mentioning that based on the numbers, Melbourne will overtake Sydney in only about 8 years – but this version of Sydney excludes the Central Coast, nominally a part of Greater Sydney.

Significant urban area Population June 2015 5 year growth 5 year % growth 1 year growth 1 year % growth
Sydney 4,526,479 343,008 8.2% 77,565 1.7%
Melbourne 4,353,514 399,575 10.1% 86,796 2.0%
Brisbane 2,209,453 190,379 9.4% 33,702 1.5%
Perth 1,958,912 235,694 13.7% 26,163 1.4%
Adelaide 1,288,681 63,013 5.1% 11,970 0.9%
Gold Coast – Tweed Heads 624,918 53,518 9.4% 10,798 1.8%
Newcastle – Maitland 434,454 23,938 5.8% 3,964 0.9%
Canberra – Queanbeyan 424,666 26,236 6.6% 2,825 0.7%
Central Coast 325,082 12,492 4.0% 2,202 0.7%
Sunshine Coast 302,122 24,918 9.0% 4,864 1.6%
Wollongong 292,388 13,058 4.7% 3,333 1.2%
Hobart 209,254 5,808 2.9% 1,594 0.8%
Geelong 187,417 12,206 7.0% 3,236 1.8%
Townsville 180,333 16,263 9.9% 1,755 1.0%
Cairns 147,993 10,842 7.9% 1,359 0.9%
Darwin 123,396 10,409 9.2% 1,974 1.6%
Toowoomba 114,622 5,926 5.5% 1,044 0.9%
Ballarat 99,841 8,206 9.0% 1,332 1.4%
Bendigo 92,888 6,910 8.0% 1,122 1.2%
Albury – Wodonga 88,949 5,704 6.9% 1,153 1.3%
Launceston 86,633 1,049 1.2% 263 0.3%
Mackay 85,455 7,425 9.5% 448 0.5%
Rockhampton 80,665 5,670 7.6% 353 0.4%
Bunbury 75,628 9,593 14.5% 1,563 2.1%
Bundaberg 70,588 1,879 2.7% 76 0.1%
Coffs Harbour 68,572 2,569 3.9% 561 0.8%
Melton 59,500 13,040 28.1% 2,623 4.6%
Wagga Wagga 55,820 1,929 3.6% 489 0.9%
Hervey Bay 52,288 3,043 6.2% 466 0.9%
Mildura – Wentworth 50,011 1,792 3.7% 194 0.4%
Shepparton – Mooroopna 49,371 2,303 4.9% 309 0.6%
Gladstone – Tannum Sands 49,248 7,226 17.2% 1,232 2.6%
Port Macquarie 45,341 2,629 6.2% 493 1.1%
Tamworth 42,255 2,626 6.6% 471 1.1%
Traralgon – Morwell 40,816 765 1.9% 19 0.0%
Orange 40,075 3,087 8.3% 334 0.8%
Geraldton 39,825 3,490 9.6% 246 0.6%
Bowral – Mittagong 37,897 1,901 5.3% 425 1.1%
Dubbo 36,941 1,885 5.4% 342 0.9%
Busselton 36,285 5,674 18.5% 997 2.8%
Bathurst 36,013 2,685 8.1% 644 1.8%
Nowra – Bomaderry 35,920 1,842 5.4% 559 1.6%
Warrnambool 33,979 1,288 3.9% 133 0.4%
Albany 33,970 2,491 7.9% 356 1.1%
Warragul – Drouin 33,386 4,155 14.2% 700 2.1%
Kalgoorlie – Boulder 32,797 1,307 4.2% -139 -0.4%
Devonport 30,497 263 0.9% 42 0.1%
Lismore 29,413 205 0.7% 43 0.1%
Mount Gambier 28,929 737 2.6% 114 0.4%
Alice Springs 27,972  – 425 -1.5% -291 -1.0%

Source: .id is a team of population experts, who have some great demographic resources at their site.



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