PERTH’S POPULATION HITS TWO MILLION PEOPLE AND REMAINS AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST GROWING CAPITAL CITY
Wednesday April 1st, 2015
31 March 2015
PERTH is the fastest-growing capital city in Australia and the fourth to hit two million people, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
Perth’s population grew by 2.5 per cent in the 12 months to June 2014 – an extra 48,400 people – with 2.02 million people now calling Greater Perth home.
Phil Browning, from the ABS, said this was a significant milestone, given just 30 years ago Perth’s population lagged behind Adelaide.
“In 1983, Adelaide just beat Perth to the one million mark.” said Mr Browning.
“However, since that time, Perth’s population has more than doubled, whereas Adelaide has grown by less than one third.
“Adelaide’s population increased by 1 per cent in 2013-14 with only Hobart (0.6 per cent) having a slower rate of population growth.”
Sydney grew by 84,200 people to 4.8 million, but Melbourne (4.4 million people) is closing the gap in the race to be the first city home to five million.
Brisbane’s annual growth rate fell to its lowest level in over a decade (1.7 per cent), but it’s still growing faster than Canberra (1.2 per cent).
At June 2014, WA’s population was 2.57 million people, which represents 11 per cent of the total Australian population.
The number of people living in WA grew 2.2 per cent (54,400 people), the fastest of all states and territories and well above the national rate of 1.6 per cent.