Melbourne on track to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city

There are more Australians but most will live in Melbourne rather than Sydney by 2030 – and we are getting older.

The majority of people in Australia born overseas are from Asia not Europe and while 70 per cent speak English at home more than 3.7 per cent NOW speak either Mandarin or Cantonese.

These are the key findings of the 2016 ABS census, which has finally extrapolated our national demographic profile since a cyber-attack allowed only 95 per cent of Australians to complete the five year survey.

The census found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since 2011.

It showed that while NSW might still be Australia’s most populous state with 7.5 million people, Melbourne is set to become the most populous city for the first time in history.

Victoria’s population boom has caused the Australian Bureau of Statistics to add almost 109 000 or 1.8 per cent – to our state’s population, which recorded the largest annual growth of the states at 2.4 per cent in the year to December 2016. National growth was 1.6 per cent.

England remaining the dominant single source of expatriates, but, for the first time, the majority of people born overseas are from Asia, not Europe.

China, India and the Philippines now round out the top five for the largest number of migrants after England and New Zealand.

Almost half of all Australians are either born overseas or have one parent born overseas.