Australia’s population increased 1.4% in past year

If you are like me, you like to keep up with what’s happening to Australia’s population because it’s an important factor in the strength of our property markets.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australia’s annual population grew 1.4% for the year ending December 31, 2011 increasing our population by 302,600 people to 22.5 million (22,485,300) people.

Net overseas migration accounted for 55% of the growth, with the other 45% due to natural increase (births minus deaths).

Interestingly the preliminary net overseas migration estimate for the year ending December 2011 (184,000 people) was 9% (or 15,100) higher than that for December 2010 (168,800 people).

We’re also having a little baby boom.

Births registered in the year were up 2.5% over the previous year.

You can see what’s happening to our population using the ABS population clock where they estimate:

  • one birth every 1 minute and 47 seconds,
  • one death every 3 minutes and 35 seconds ,
  • a net gain of one international migration every 2 minutes and 42 seconds, leading to
  • an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 32 seconds.

Australia’s population increased 1.4% in past year


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