Useful Facts Without Opinions: Brisbane population growth still strongest
While the pace of growth eased across all capital cities, new data from the ABS today confirms Brisbane’s leadership for population growth, with our city adding almost 22,000 to our resident numbers over last financial year. Our population reached 2.582 million.
That was a 0.8% jump on the previous year, so over the past 3 years we’ve added an average of 780 Brisbanites every week. Perth had an annual increase of 16,000 but most capitals saw their populations drop over that year – Melbourne lost a whopping 60,505 residents.
Here’s some other interesting data from today’s release:
- the ‘centre of population’ of Brisbane is in Highgate Hill. This dot on the map moved just 60m toward the south-west over the year.
- our city’s most densely populated suburb is Kangaroo Point (with 7,800 people per square kilometre). The Valley has 7,700 and West End is third with 7,300 residents/km2.
- The population of regional Australia grew by 70,900 people during 2020-21, in contrast to a decline of 26,000 for the combined capital cities. ABS Director of Demography Beidar Cho said: “This is the first time since 1981 that Australia’s regional population grew more than the capital cities, due to changing migration patterns during the pandemic.”