Melbourne’s population growth shows no sign of slowing, rocketing up by more than 125,000 for the second year in a row – in the biggest sustained population surge the city has seen since the gold rush of the 1850s.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Melbourne had the largest population growth in the nation, with the city, and the country’s , quickest growing suburb being Cranbourne East in the outer south-east.
Melbourne is growing faster than any capital city in Australia, but at what cost?
Melbourne’s population increased by 125,400 people – or 2.7 per cent in the year ending June 2017.
It amounts to an average 350 new people arriving in Melbourne every day, a huge infrastructure challenge to local, state and federal governments.
The city’s population now stands at 4.9 million, the Bureau of Statistics found.
Migration was the biggest contributor to the city’s surge in population – with 80,000 of those moving to Melbourne from overseas. It made up 64 per cent of the growth.
Births accounted for 29 per cent of Melbourne’s population growth, while migrants coming from interstate accounted for just over 7 per cent.
Most of the city’s growth occurred in either the outer suburbs, or in towers around the CBD.
Cranbourne East had 27,000 residents in June 2016 and, just one year later, had added 7300 more people taking its total to 34,000. Of the 10 fastest growing suburbs in Australia, five were in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s CBD experienced both the second largest growth in Melbourne, and in the nation’s suburbs, increasing by 4600 people to 46,000.
The major driver for this was overseas migration, accounting for more than three-quarters of the population increase.
There were 27,000 deaths in Melbourne over the period.
Other capital cities around Australia grew – but not by anywhere near as much.
Sydney’s population grew by just over 100,000 people in one year for the first time, taking that city’s total numbers to 5.1 million.
Australia’s big east coast cities carried most of the growth – Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane accounted for over 70 per cent of Australia’s population increase. Meanwhile, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth grew at 1 per cent or less.
This article originally appeared in The Age on 24 April 2018.
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