Australia sees increase in population due to immigration

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New Australian statistics reveal that Melbourne has seen its population grow by over half a million people in the last decade. The population increase is partly due to overseas immigration into Australia, according to ABS spokesman Andrew Howe.

Overall Melbourne has seen an increase in its population of 647,200 people. The largest increase was in South Morang, up 32,200 people, while Point Cook, Caroline Springs and Tarneit in the west of the city each saw growth of more than 20,000 people.

"What comes to the fore over the past five years is the level of overseas migration. A lot of them have chosen to move to Melbourne," Howe said. "Inner city living has become more popular in all Australian capital cities. People want to live closer to the city, especially younger adults wanting to be closer to work and education."

Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, has seen a population increase of 25 percent, the second fastest capital city growth in the country. Darwin's population increased at 21 percent, nearly twice the rate of the rest of the Northern Territory. Each State or Territory in Australia has a Capital City and there are a total of eight capital cities in Australia.

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