Mapped: The fastest-growing areas in Australia

Angus Kidman 19 August 2015 NEWS

Fastest growing areas

Queensland tops the rankings for population growth over the last ten years.

Whether you're looking to buy your first home or invest, population growth is a key consideration. The finder.com.au team has analysed population growth between 2004 and 2014 for 563 regions across Australia. Find out how much the population has changed in your area with the searchable map below.

These are the 10 regions with the fastest-growing population measured by number of people between 2004 and 2014:

State Area 2004 population 2014 population Population change
since 2004
Average growth
per year
1. QLD Brisbane 949,935 1,146,787 196,852 19,685
2. QLD Gold Coast 424,005 546,067 122,062 12,206
3. QLD Moreton Bay 312,887 417,137 104,250 10,425
4. VIC Wyndham 101,789 199,715 97,926 9,793
5. WA Wanneroo 100,185 185,817 85,632 8,563
6. VIC Casey 206,646 283,415 76,769 7,677
7. VIC Whittlesea 123,736 187,006 63,270 6,327
8. NSW Blacktown 271,434 332,424 60,990 6,099
9. QLD Sunshine Coast 223,143 282,822 59,679 5,968
10. VIC Melton 69,145 127,677 58,532 5,853

And these are the 10 regions with the fastest growth in percentage terms.

State Region 2004 population 2014 population Population increase
since 2004
% change
since 2004
WA Perth 9,892 20,762 10,870 110%
WA East Pilbara 6,563 13,027 6,464 98%
VIC Wyndham 101,789 199,715 97,926 96%
WA Capel 8,902 17,061 8,159 92%
WA Wanneroo 100,185 185,817 85,632 85%
VIC Melton 69,145 127,677 58,532 85%
WA Boddington 1,382 2,523 1,141 83%
WA Serpentine-Jarrahdale 12,438 22,698 10,260 82%
VIC Melbourne 71,425 122,207 50,782 71%

Queensland dominates the first list and Western Australia the second, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been growth elsewhere. Check the map below and search for your own area (by city, suburb or region name) to see how much the population has changed.

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