Melbourne will overtake Sydney in 2037 for the first time in 135 years as the largest city in Australia

Melbourne is going to overtake Sydney as the largest city in Australia.

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The Victorian capital has not been the number one city for the population since 1901 – the year of Australia's first census.

That will change in less than two decades, with the federal government planning for the future population of Australia report predict that Melbourne will overtake Sydney by 2037.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge fears that his hometown will not be able to cope, and argued that Melbourne was a decade behind & # 39; when it came to public transport infrastructure projects.

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Melbourne will overtake Sydney for the first time in 135 years as the largest city in Australia

Melbourne will overtake Sydney for the first time in 135 years as the largest city in Australia

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The population of Melbourne, the fastest growing city in Australia, is expected to rise from less than 5 million to 6.3 million in the next decade, before surpassing Sydney in overcrowded efforts.

The annual rate of growth of the city of 2.8 percent is also considerably higher than the national average of 1.6 percent – which itself is double the average of the developed world.

It is also higher than the 2.1 percent share of Sydney.

While Sydney attracts more immigrants as part of the population, Melbourne receives more inter-state migration from other parts of Australia, including New South Wales.

Between 1996 and 2016, the population of Melbourne grew by 1.4 million, while that of Sydney grew by 1.2 million.

More than 129,000 people move to Melbourne every year, compared to the 107,000 from Sydney.

& # 39; Melbourne is expected to overtake Sydney as the most populous Australian city in 2037 & # 39 ;, the report said.

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& # 39; Melbourne was Australia's fastest growing city and is expected to become the largest city in the next 20 years. & # 39;

While Sydney (Wynyard station pictured) attracts more immigrants as a part of the population, Melbourne receives inter-state migration from other parts of Australia, including New South Wales.

While Sydney (Wynyard station pictured) attracts more immigrants as a part of the population, Melbourne receives inter-state migration from other parts of Australia, including New South Wales.

While Sydney (Wynyard station pictured) attracts more immigrants as a part of the population, Melbourne receives inter-state migration from other parts of Australia, including New South Wales.

The population growth of Australia

1881: 2.3 million

1918: 5 million

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1959: 10 million

1981: 15 million

1991: 17.4 million

2004: 20 million

2013: 23 million

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2016: 24 million

2018: 25 million

Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics; Second Chamber Standing Committee on Long-Term Strategies, December 1994

Mr Tudge is concerned that his hometown cannot cope with population growth, making it unfavorable compared to Sydney, where more than 5.1 million people now live.

& # 39; In the case of Sydney, the infrastructure is partially overtaken by the enormous spending of the state government supported by the federal coalition in recent years, with many projects being opened now or to be opened in the coming year or two, & # 39; he told the Sydney Morning Herald Population Summit on Monday.

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& # 39; In Melbourne, however, we are ten years behind.

& # 39; Our highways in the big city have been delayed, the trains often have a crushing capacity and housing construction has not always kept pace, putting prices under pressure. & # 39;

The population of Australia reached 25 million last year – 24 years earlier than predicted in 2002 by the government's first intergenerational report.

The latest government report predicts that the 30 million milestone will be reached within ten years.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge fears that his hometown cannot cope, and argued that Melbourne was a decade behind. when it came to public transport infrastructure projects

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge fears that his hometown will not be able to cope, arguing that Melbourne is a decade behind & # 39; was in Sydney when it came to public transport infrastructure projects

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge fears that his hometown will not be able to cope, arguing that Melbourne is a decade behind & # 39; was in Sydney when it came to public transport infrastructure projects

HOUSING CRISIS FOR RELIABILITY

2019: Median Sydney house price is $ 869,579 10.4 times an average annual full-time salary of $ 83,455

2009: the ratio was 7.4 times ($ 464,000 divided by $ 62,618)

1999: the ratio was 7 times ($ 272,500 divided by $ 39,156)

1989: the ratio was 6.4 ($ 170,850 divided by $ 26,504)

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1988: the ratio was 5.5 ($ 141,000 divided by $ 25,657)

1987: the ratio was 5 ($ 120,025 divided by $ 23,858)

1986: the ratio was 4.4 ($ 98,325 divided by $ 22,339)

Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics; Macquarie University; CoreLogic; Parliament House of Australia

In the year to May, a record 848,570 people moved permanently to Australia – an annual increase of 5.7 percent.

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Taking into account the number of departures, the annual net immigration rate was 294,430, a level now four times higher than two decades ago.

That figure included permanent arrivals and international students.

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The government has recently reduced the permanent arrivals component from 190,000 to 160,000.

In the past 10 years alone, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have absorbed 75 percent of Australia's population growth.

Since 2010, immigration has made up 58 percent of Australia's population growth.

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The government argued that skilled migration was necessary to maintain economic activity.

& # 39; Australia's economic strength is supported by a successful migration program that brings competent people of working age & # 39 ;, the report said.

& # 39; These migrants help compensate for the effects of an aging population and tackle skills shortages in the economy. & # 39;

Melbourne has not been the largest city in Australia since 1901, when 501,580 residents lived in comparison with Sydney's 496,990, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed.

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