Melbourne Our Fastest-Growing Capital 2014-2015

6 April 2016

Melbourne is officially Australia’s fastest growing capital city, according to data released 30/03/2016 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


Melbourne’s population grew by 2.1 per cent in 2014-15, down slightly from 2.2 per cent last year, but still higher than the next-fastest growing capital, Darwin (1.9 per cent).

Although Sydney is well on track to becoming the first Australian capital city to reach 5 million people, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) but, Melbourne city still has the highest growth rate among all.


Perth, which has been one of the fastest-growing capital cities since the mid-2000s, grew by 1.6 per cent in 2014-15 (down from 1.9 per cent last year) and now sits equal fourth with Brisbane, behind Sydney (1.7 per cent). “Of all the capitals, only Hobart (0.8 per cent), Canberra (1.4 per cent) and Darwin (1.9 per cent) grew faster in 2014-15 than in the previous year”.


Australia’s capital cities accounted for the vast majority (83 per cent) of the nation’s total population growth in 2014-15, with most growth occurring in outer suburban and inner city areas.