Population of Sydney to reach 5 million in 2016

The population in Australia is constantly growing and evolving helped by immigration and currently there are around 23 million people who call Australia their home.

However, Sydney the state capital of New South Wales is set to become the first city within Australia to reach a population of 5 million people according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

During 2013 – 2014 alone, the population of Sydney increased by 84,200 people and has reached 4.8 million people. If this rate of growth continues 2016 will be the year that Sydney becomes home to 5 million people.

But it’s not just Sydney that is rapidly growing. Melbourne is close on Sydney’s tail and actually had the greatest population growth out of all the capitals, with an increase of 95,700 people to reach a total population of 4.4 million. This on average is an astounding 1,800 people per week.

However, the title for the fastest-growing capital does not go to Sydney or Melbourne. Instead, Perth takes the crown for this having grown by 2.5 per cent during 2013-14 and has hit the 2 million people mark, the fourth capital city to do so. Darwin takes second place for the fastest-growing capital with a 2.2 per cent population increase.

But it’s not just the capital cities that are enjoying population growth. 20 per cent of growth has occurred in the inner cities and suburban areas. Seven of the country’s top ten growth areas were outer suburbs of Greater Melbourne, and South Morang had the largest growth of all areas in Australia, with an increase of 4,200 people.

With such an increase in population, this means that additional homes are required to provide for these extra people. Over the next two decades Sydney will need a staggering 600,000 extra homes to cater for an additional 1.6 million people, but with less and less space becoming available within the city, we will have to look further out in suburban areas.

Interestingly, for every person in NSW that dies, two babies are expected to be born, whilst for every resident that departs NSW for another state, three overseas migrants will arrive.

It is essential that all states across Australia starts thinking long term about how they will cope with an influx of people and how to house everyone before it’s too late.
Published on 16th of April 2015 by Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich

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