Melbourne Population 2024

Melbourne population

Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria with a population of over 5.3 million which accounts for 19.05% of national population. It ranks second most populated state in Australia after Sydney. Melbourne is Victoria’s business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state. On an average day around 854​,000 people use the city, and each year Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors.

Based on our research Melbourne population will reach 5.98 million by the end of June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics always follow Australia financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 3.45% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Melbourne

Looking back last twelve years of Melbourne’s population, the grow rate is very consistent ranging from 1.67% to 6.59%, adding around 70,000 to 280,000 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Melbourne to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Also oversea immigration number contributes to the growth.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 3.85 million n/a
2012 4.09 million 6.23%
2013 4.18 million 2.20%
2014 4.25 million 1.67%
2015 4.53 million 6.59%
2016 4.67 million 3.09%
2017 4.82 million 3.21%
2018 5.00 million 3.73%
2019 5.191 million 3.82%
2020 5.33 million 2.68%
2021 5.49 million 3.00%
2022 5.64 million 2.73%
2023 5.78 million 2.48%

Demography of Melbourne

According to Australia census, the top five ancestries for people in Melbourne are: English, Australian, Irish, Scottish and Italian. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Melbourne are: Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese. The top six countries of birth for people in Melbourne are: Australia, England, India, China, New Zealand, and Italy.

In Melbourne, 48.8% of people are married, 36.0% have never married and 7.4% are divorced and 2.7% are separated. There are 162474 widowed people living in Melbourne.

Population Density of Melbourne

Melbourne’s population density is 453 people per square kilometer, which is ranking the most populated state capital city in Australia. We are not surprise Melbourne has topped the list due to a lot of people come to Melbourne for jobs, education and entertainment from interstate and overseas. Compared with other big cities in the world like New York City or London, Melbourne’s population density is very small.

Position City Population Density
1 Melbourne 453/km2
2 Adelaide 404.205/km2
3 Sydney 400/km2
4 Perth 317.736/km2
5 Canberra 173.3/km²
6 Brisbane 145/km2
7 Hobart 124.8/km2
8 Darwin 44.976/km2


Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in Melbourne are 24.4% Professionals, 15.3% Clerical & administrative workers, 13.2% Technicians & trades workers, 12.5% Managers, 9.7% Sales workers, 8.9% Community & personal service workers, 7.9% Labourers, 5.8% Machinery operators & drivers, 2.3% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Melbourne work in are 11.1% Health care and social assistance, 10.8% Manufacturing, 10.6% Retail trade, 9.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, 8.0% Construction, 8.0% Education and training, 5.9% Accommodation and food services, 5.1% Public administration and safety, 5.0% Wholesale trade.

Facts About Melbourne

  1. The world’s first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.
  2. 38 per cent of the population in Melbourne was born overseas, as of 2013.
  3. Melbourne’s Chinatown, established in 1854, is one of the oldest in the world. It is also home to the world’s longest Chinese dragon at more than 100 meters in length.
  4. The city is also famous for its unbelievable unpredictable weather and there are chances you get taste all the four seasons in just a day.
  5. MELBOURNE has been named the world’s top sports events city in 2006. It hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth games.…
  6. Tallest building: Eureka Tower (300m), tallest residential building in the world!
  7. Melbourne was originally going to be named ‘Batmania’ after one of its founding fathers, John Batman.
  8. The maximum temperature ever recorded in Melbourne was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009, and the minimum was -2.8 degrees Celsius in 1869.


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