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Melbourne’s Fast and the Furious

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Melbourne’s Fast and the Furious

Melbourne had both the largest and fastest population increase of all Australian capital cities in 2014-15, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The population of Melbourne increased by 91,600 in 2014-15, an average of 1,760 people per week. Sydney had the next biggest increase (83,300), followed by Brisbane (35,200) and Perth (31,100).

Melbourne’s growth rate of 2.1 per cent, although down slightly from 2.2 per cent last year, was still the fastest in Australia, ahead of Darwin (1.9 per cent), Sydney (1.7 per cent), Perth and Brisbane (both 1.6 per cent).

ABS Director of Demography Beidar Cho said that Melbourne’s outer suburbs had some of the largest growth in Australia.

“Seven out of the country’s top ten growth areas were in Greater Melbourne”, she said.

Cranbourne East in Melbourne’s outer south-east increased by 4,600 people in 2014-15, the largest growth of any area in Australia. The outer northern areas of South Morang (up by 4,200 people) and Epping (3,300) came in second and third respectively, whilst Point Cook (3,200) in Melbourne’s outer west ranked fourth nationally.

Cranbourne East also had the fastest growth in the state (and the second-fastest nationally), increasing by 32 per cent in 2014-15.

In addition to the growth areas on the outer suburban fringes, large population increases were also seen in the inner-city area of Melbourne (up by 2,600 people) and nearby Southbank (1,300). Docklands was the fastest-growing inner city area, up 8.3 per cent in 2014-15.

Outside of Melbourne, areas with the largest growth in 2014-15 were Grovedale (up by 1000 people) in Geelong and Ocean Grove – Barwon Heads (700) on the Surf Coast.

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