Melbourne: Lord of the population ponzi

By Leith van Onselen

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released its Regional Population report for the 2013-14 financial year, which revealed that Melbourne remains king of the population ponzi, adding a whopping 95,700 people (an MCG’s worth) to its population in 2013-14, representing growth of 2.2%:

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The highest rate of growth, however, was in Perth (2.5%), which continued to feel the flow-on effects of the mining boom.

Looking at the 10-year charts, you can see that Melbourne has dominated the nation’s population growth, leading the way in each and every year since 2004 (see next chart).

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Over the decade, Melbourne added just under 800,000 people – well ahead of Sydney’s 656,000 and Perth’s 501,000 (see next chart).

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In percentage terms, however, Perth has clearly led the way, growing its population by one-third since 2004, courtesy of the mining boom (see below  charts).

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