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).
In the twelve months from June 2015, Sydney’s population grew by 83,300 to reach 4.92 million, increasing by 1,600 people per week.
“Should this amount of growth continue in 2015-16, we would expect Sydney’s population to hit 5 million sometime in 2016”, said ABS Director of Demography Beidar Cho.
Most of Sydney’s growth in 2014-15 occurred in the outer suburbs and around the city centre. Waterloo – Beaconsfield, in the inner-city, had the largest growth of all areas in the state, increasing by 3,100 people in 2014-15.
Cobbitty – Leppington, in the outer south-west, had the fastest growth rate, up by 26 per cent. It also had the second-highest growth (up by 2,600 people), ahead of Homebush Bay – Silverwater (2,400) and Parklea – Kellyville Ridge (1,700).
Outside of Sydney, areas with the largest growth in 2014-15 were Maitland – West in the Hunter Valley (up by 660 people) and Wollongong (590).
Eight of the ten most densely populated areas in Australia were located in Sydney, with the top five located around the CBD. Pyrmont – Ultimo had the highest population density in the country (15,100 people per square km).