Melbourne population in 2016Population of Melbourne in 2016. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the population of Greater Melbourne, reached a population of 4.5 million in 2015. Melbourne had both the largest and fastest population increase of all Australian capital cities in 2014-15, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Melbourne’s population increased by 91,600 in 2014-15, an average of 1,760 people / week. The growth rate of Melbourne was 2.1 per cent, slightly down from 2.2 per cent last year. However it was still the fastest population growth in Australia.
Seven out of the Australia’s top ten growth areas were in Greater Melbourne.
Cranbourne East in Melbourne’s outer south-east increased by 4,600 people in 2014-15, the largest growth of any area in Australia. The outer northern areas of South Morang (up by 4,200 people) and Epping (3,300) came in second and third respectively, whilst Point Cook (3,200) in Melbourne’s outer west ranked fourth nationally.
Cranbourne East also had the fastest growth in the state (and the second-fastest nationally), increasing by 32 per cent in 2014-15.
In addition to the growth areas on the outer suburban fringes, large population increases were also seen in the inner-city area of Melbourne (up by 2,600 people) and nearby Southbank (1,300). Docklands was the fastest-growing inner city area, up 8.3 per cent in 2014-15.
Outside of Melbourne, areas with the largest growth in 2014-15 were Grovedale (up by 1000 people) in Geelong and Ocean Grove – Barwon Heads (700) on the Surf Coast.
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