Ever wondered where migrants to Australia choose to live? Well it seems that Melbourne is the fastest growing city, the east coast cities remain popular and Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth are also seeing more migrants.
A new report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that the Australian east coast of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have not lost on their popularity with migrants and in the past year accounted for more than 70 per cent of Australia's population growth.
But is Victoria’s capital of Melbourne that has delivered the most interesting stats. Not only is Victoria now officially the country’s strongest growing state, Melbourne is also the country’s fastest growing city.
The major cities along the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Sydney remains the country's largest city with a record 5.1 million residents last year - up by two per cent or more than 101,000 more residents.
But Melbourne is the fastest growing at 4.9 million, an increase of 2.7 per cent, while Brisbane grew by two per cent.
Louise Gates from the ABS said to SBS that this is the first time the agency has included data on the factors driving population growth in the capital cities and regions.
"So Sydney and Melbourne is mostly net overseas migration so that means more people arrive from overseas than left," Gates explained.
Other cities like Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth grew between 1 and 2%
The ABS said that net migration accounted for an extra 80,000 residents in Melbourne and 84,000 in Sydney.
Experts believe that if Melbourne continues to grow at its current rate it will overtake Sydney's population in about eight years.
Official Australian Bureau of Statistics population figures released on Thursday said the population of Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains and Central Coast, reached 5,005,400 at the end June 2016.
Sydney will reach a population of 6 million by 2028 at current growth rates.
It had the largest population growth of all capital cities last financial year, increasing by nearly 108,000 people to reach 4.64 million.
On current trends, Melbourne will overtake Sydney as Australia's biggest city in the mid-2050s. By then, both cities will be home to more than 8 million people.
Source: SBS and Sydney Morning Herald