The ABS released new population growth figures last week.
The table below is a summary of the population trends in the country’s largest 25 urban areas.
|Major urban areas in Australia||2017 resident population||Annual growth last year||Average growth last decade||Difference: last year v decade avg|
|Gold Coast/Tweed Heads||663,321||16,338||13,524||21%|
|Top 25 urban areas||19,364,722||356,214||332,225||7%|
A quick summary finds:
1. Overall Australia’s current annual population growth rate is 3% higher than the ten-year average. The resident population rose by 388,000 people last year.
2. Some 80% of people live in the country's largest 25 urban centres.
3. These 25 centres accounted for 92% of the nation’s population growth last year, which is higher than the ten-year average (88%).
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4. Some urban areas are growing much faster at present than the longer-term trend – these include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast/Tweed, Geelong and the Sunshine Coast just to name a few.
5. Other urban areas aren’t doing as well such as Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Bunbury.
High overseas migration is having an impact, so too is a lack of significant new employment generators across regional Queensland but the process of urbanisation is also influencing things.