Sydney’s population has surpassed the 4.5 milion mark for the first time with the inner-west area of Canada Bay the fastest growing area according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Suburbs in the City of Canada Bay include Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Drummoyne, Five Dock, Liberty Grove, Mortlake, North Strathfield, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Strathfield and Wareemba.
The population of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, increased by 86,400 in the year to 30 June 2009. The areas of Blacktown, Parramatta and the Hills district recorded the highest increase in residents for the second consecutive year. The population of Blacktown increased by almost 7,000 people in the year but the fastest rates of growth were largely found in areas in the inner west, with Canada Bay and Strathfield holding the first and third positions respectively. The population centre of Sydney remains in Ermington, north-west of Parramatta, where population is equal in any direction.
Professor Bill Randolph, director of the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, said the rapid growth in the inner west was likely to be driven by both increased densities attracting new residents and a baby boom. Despite the strong growth across Sydney which averaged 1.9%, it still fell behind Perth, which continues to be the fastest growing city in the country, with its population increasing by 52,200 or 3.2% last year, followed by Darwin, where population increased by 3.1%.
Melbourne recorded the largest increase in population of any city in Australia, where 93,500 people became residents.
The above is an excerpt from an article written by Josephine Tovey and Kelsey Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald