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This list of Australian cities by population briefly explains the three different population figures given for Australian cities, and provides rankings for each.

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Capital city Statistical Divisions and Statistical Districts by population

Statistical Divisions (SDs) are defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as areas under the unifying influence of one or more major towns or cities. Each capital city forms its own Statistical Division, and in Australia the population of the SD is the most-often quoted figure for that city's population. Statistical Districts are defined as non-capital but predominantly urban areas. The Australian Government treats divisions and districts with more than 100,000 people as metropolitan.[1]

Statistical Divisions are in bold, the rest are Statistical Districts.

Rank Statistical Division/District State June 2008 Estimated Resident Population[2]
1 Sydney New South Wales 4,399,722
2 Melbourne Victoria 3,892,419
3 Brisbane Queensland 1,945,639
4 Perth Western Australia 1,602,559
5 Adelaide South Australia 1,172,105
6 Gold Coast-Tweed Queensland/New South Wales 558,888
7 Newcastle New South Wales 531,191
8 Canberra-Queanbeyan Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales 395,126
* Canberra Australian Capital Territory[3] 345,257
9 Wollongong New South Wales 284,169
10 Sunshine Coast Queensland 237,562
11 Greater Hobart Tasmania 209,287
12 Geelong Victoria 172,300
13 Townsville Queensland 162,730
14 Cairns Queensland 142,001
15 Toowoomba Queensland 125,339
16 Darwin Northern Territory 120,652
17 Launceston Tasmania 104,649
18 Albury-Wodonga New South Wales/Victoria 102,894
19 Ballarat Victoria 91,787
20 Bendigo Victoria 88,031
21 Mackay Queensland 81,148
22 Burnie-Devonport Tasmania 81,144
23 Mandurah Western Australia 78,612
24 La Trobe Valley [4] Victoria 78,531
25 Rockhampton Queensland 75,497
26 Bundaberg Queensland 66,176
27 Bunbury Western Australia 63,202
28 Wagga Wagga New South Wales 56,911
29 Hervey Bay Queensland 56,165
30 Coffs Harbour New South Wales 51,538
31 Mildura Victoria 49,280
32 Gladstone Queensland 48,796
33 Shepparton Victoria 47,710
34 Tamworth New South Wales 45,615
35 Port Macquarie New South Wales 42,900
36 Orange New South Wales 37,991
37 Dubbo New South Wales 36,653
38 Geraldton Western Australia 35,361
39 Nowra-Bomaderry New South Wales 33,212
40 Bathurst New South Wales 32,942
41 Warrnambool Victoria 32,712
42 Lismore New South Wales 31,926
43 Kalgoorlie/Boulder Western Australia 31,509


50 largest Urban Centres by population

Urban Centres are defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as being a population cluster of 1,000 or more people. For statistical purposes, people living in Urban Centres are classified as urban. These figures represent the populations of the contiguous built-up areas of each city.

State and territory capitals are in bold.

map of cities in Australia
Rank Urban Centre Total number of people, 2006 census Stat. Division/District
(if part of larger SD)
1 Sydney, New South Wales 3,641,422 [1]
2 Melbourne, Victoria 3,371,888 [2]
3 Brisbane, Queensland 1,676,389 [3]
4 Perth, Western Australia 1,256,035 [4]
5 Adelaide, South Australia 1,040,719 [5]
6 Gold Coast-Tweed Heads, Queensland/New South Wales 454,436 [6][7]
7 Canberra-Queanbeyan, Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales 356,120 [8][9]
8 Newcastle, New South Wales 288,732 [10] Newcastle
9 Central Coast, New South Wales 282,726 [11] Sydney
10 Wollongong, New South Wales 234,482 [12]
11 Sunshine Coast, Queensland 184,662 [13]
12 Geelong, Victoria 137,220 [14]
13 Townsville-Thuringowa, Queensland 128,808 [15]
14 Hobart, Tasmania 128,557 [16]
15 Cairns, Queensland 98,349 [17]
16 Toowoomba, Queensland 95,265 [18]
17 Ballarat, Victoria 78,221 [19]
18 Bendigo, Victoria 76,051 [20]
19 Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales/Victoria 73,497 [21][22]
20 Launceston, Tasmania 71,395 [23]
21 Mandurah, Western Australia 67,813 [24]
22 Rockingham, Western Australia 67,520 [25] Perth
23 Mackay, Queensland 66,874 [26]
24 Darwin, Northern Territory 66,291 [27]
25 Maitland, New South Wales 61,431 [28] Newcastle
26 Rockhampton, Queensland 60,827 [29]
27 Bunbury, Western Australia 54,482 [30]
28 Bundaberg, Queensland 46,961 [31]
29 Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 46,735 [32]
30 Hervey Bay, Queensland 41,225 [33]
31 Port Macquarie, New South Wales 39,219 [34]
32 Shepparton-Mooroopna, Victoria 38,773 [35]
33 Melton, Victoria 35,490 [36] Melbourne
34 Tamworth, New South Wales 33,475 [37]
35 Orange, New South Wales 31,544 [38]
36 Dubbo, New South Wales 30,574 [39]
37 Mildura, Victoria 30,016 [40]
38 Sunbury, Victoria 29,566 [41]
39 Bathurst, New South Wales 28,992 [42]
40 Gladstone, Queensland 28,808 [43]
41 Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia 28,242 [44]
42 Warrnambool, Victoria 28,150 [45]
43 Nowra-Bomaderry, New South Wales 27,478 [46]
44 Geraldton, Western Australia 27,420 [47]
45 Lismore, New South Wales 27,069 [48]
46 Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 26,353 [49]
47 Albany, Western Australia 25,196 [50] (no Stat. dist.)
48 Richmond-Windsor, New South Wales 25,011 [51] Sydney
49 Palmerston, Northern Territory 23,614 [52] Darwin
50 Mount Gambier, South Australia 23,494 [53] (no Stat. dist.)

25 largest Local Government Areas by population

Local Government Areas are the main units of local government in Australia. They may be termed cities, shires, councils or other names, but they all function similarly. Brisbane is the only state capital city with one LGA covering the majority of its urban area. Canberra (pop 345,257) does not have a separate Local Government Area as the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly has state and local government functions.

Rank Local Government Area Estimated resident population, 2008[2] Stat. Division/District
1 Brisbane City Council, Queensland 1,027,847 Brisbane
2 Gold Coast City, Queensland 497,848 Gold Coast
3 Moreton Bay Region, Queensland 356,709 Brisbane
4 Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland 312,804 Sunshine Coast
5 City of Blacktown, New South Wales 291,612 Sydney
6 Logan City, Queensland 269,986 Brisbane
7 City of Casey, Victoria 238,336 Melbourne
8 Sutherland Shire, New South Wales 215,868 Sydney
9 City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 211,841 Geelong
10 City of Wollongong, New South Wales 198,324 Wollongong
11 City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 195,559 Newcastle
12 City of Stirling, Western Australia 193,300 Perth
13 City of Fairfield, New South Wales 190,657 Sydney
14 City of Bankstown, New South Wales 182,178 Sydney
15 City of Brimbank, Victoria 181,115 Melbourne
16 City of Penrith, New South Wales 180,766 Sydney
17 City of Liverpool, New South Wales 176,903 Sydney
18 City of Townsville, Queensland 175,542 Northern
19 City of Monash, Victoria 172,740 Melbourne
20 City of Sydney, New South Wales 172,685 Sydney
21 The Hills Shire, New South Wales 170,965 Sydney
22 City of Boroondara, Victoria 165,393 Melbourne
23 City of Gosford, New South Wales 163,957 Sydney
24 City of Hume, Victoria 162,260 Melbourne
25 City of Parramatta, New South Wales 161,912 Sydney

In comparison with these figures, the populations of the other capitals are relatively small. Melbourne has 89,759 (79th), Darwin 73,754 (92nd), Hobart 49,611 (127th), Adelaide 18,990 (227th), and Perth only 15,113 (246th).[2] Most of these cities have suburban LGAs much larger than the central cities.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "1217.0.55.001 - Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology, 2003". Australian Bureau of Statistics. http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/7d12b0f6763c78caca257061001cc588/32eb1b908521ad75ca2571220079feee!OpenDocument#M. 
  2. ^ a b c "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08". Australian Bureau of Statistics. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3218.02007-08?OpenDocument. 
  3. ^ Canberra is unique in having a Statistical District as well as a Statistical Division. The Statistical District is larger than the SD, and includes the neighbouring city of Queanbeyan in New South Wales in the population. Only the Statistical District is ranked here.
  4. ^ Includes Moe, Morwell and Traralgon. The correct spelling of the region's name is "Latrobe Valley".
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List of Cities by population in Australia.

Cities by Population

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  1. Sydney, New South Wales - 4,504,469
  2. Melbourne, Victoria - 3,995,537
  3. Brisbane, Queensland - 2,004,262
  4. Perth, Western Australia - 1,658,992
  5. Adelaide, South Australia - 1,187,466
  6. Gold Coast-Tweed Queensland/New South Wales - 577,977
  7. Newcastle, New South Wales - 540,796
  8. Canberra-Queanbeyan Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales - 403,118
  9. Canberra Australian Capital Territory[3] - 351,868
  10. Wollongong, New South Wales - 288,984
  11. Sunshine Coast Queensland - 245,309
  12. Greater Hobart, Tasmania - 212,019
  13. Geelong, Victoria - 175,803
  14. Townsville, Queensland - 168,402
  15. Cairns, Queensland - 147,118
  16. Toowoomba, Queensland - 128,600
  17. Darwin, Northern Territory - 124,760
  18. Launceston, Tasmania 105,445
  19. Albury-Wodonga New South Wales/Victoria - 104,609

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