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Sydney’s Relying On Migrants For Growth As Sydneysiders Move

For furniture removalists in Sydney, business has been busy, as thousands of Sydneysiders move away from their home suburbs towards the other regions of the city, as well as New South Wales, with data from the government showing that the city’s population growth has been slowing down as a result.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently published their data, which showed that the city’s total population went up to a record 5.2 million in 2017-18, with the Greater Sydney area adding 93,411 residents during that time. Notably, this is the city’s smallest increase in population since 2014-15.

The increase was primarily driven by overseas immigrants heading for the city, amounting to 71,000 additional residents to the city over the year, which counteracted the 27,300 population loss that the city experienced due to Sydneysiders moving to another part of the country. The rest of the increase came from natural increases.

The numbers, however, didn’t show the variation in the changes experienced by different parts of the city.

In the area covering Canterbury and Bankstown, around 4,000 residents emigrated, which amounts to 11 people daily. The population loss was offset by a 3,877 natural increase, complimented by overseas migration adding an additional 5,615 people.

Other areas to see a large drop in population thanks to internal migration included Cumberland, Randwick, and Georges River, which saw drops of 3,714, 3,120, and 2,842, respectively.

There was a fair amount of work for furniture removalists in Sydney City Council Area, with at least 2,800 people moving out, which was compensated for by the 8,111 increase brought on by overseas migration, plus 1,781 in natural increases.

In spite of the migration, Sydney’s population grew at a rate of 1.8%, higher than the rest of the state, which grew at 1%.

Melbourne is still the fastest growing city in the AU, with a population growth of 119,421, equivalent to 2.5%, bringing up the city’s total to 5 million.

In contrast, Darwin and Western Australia saw their populations drop, losing 355, and 583 people, respectively, in spite of the former having one of the fastest growing suburbs in the AU, while the latter saw Perth’s population count go up by 21,500.

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