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.
The largest population growth in WA occurred in the outer suburban areas of Greater Perth.
Baldivis, in the city’s southwest, recorded the largest increase, up 3,500 people. Ellenbrook and Forrestdale/Harrisdale/Piara Waters followed, with 2,400 more people.
Yanchep and Byford had the next largest increases, up 1,700 and 1,300 people respectively.
In the five years to 2014, Forrestdale/Harrisdale/Piara Waters more than tripled in population and Baldivis more than doubled.
Outside of Perth, Busselton msp vip hack and Karratha had the largest growth, increasing by 850 and 750 people respectively, followed by Australind/Leschenault (650 people).
Areas in WA that recorded population declines included the Goldfields (down 800 people or 1.8 per cent), Kimberley (down 390 people or 1 per cent) and Wheatbelt South (down 70 people or 0.3 per cent).
Greater Perth had a population density of 315 people per square kilometre, while the rest of WA had 0.2 people per square kilometre.
In the year to 2014, the density of Greater Perth increased by 7.5 people per square kilometre.
The Perth suburbs with the highest population densities were Tuart Hill/Joondanna, Scarborough, Innaloo/Doubleview and North Perth.