27/06/2017 - 13:41

Interstate migration hits WA's population growth

27/06/2017 - 13:41

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Western Australia’s population grew by just 0.7 per cent for the 12 months to December, after only 400 people migrated from overseas, while nearly 11,000 moved interstate.

WA’s population grew by 168,000 to 2.56 million for the year to December 2016.

Western Australia’s population grew by just 0.7 per cent for the 12 months to December, after only 400 people migrated from overseas, while nearly 11,000 moved interstate.

WA’s population of 2.56 million represented growth of 16,800 people during the year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found.

However, WA recorded one of the largest losses in interstate migration, with 10,800 people moving east.

WA also experienced a 3.2 per cent drop in overseas migration, with only 400 people having migrated to the state over the year.

On a national scale, population growth was up 1.6 per cent for 2016 to reach 24.38 million.

That represents an increase of 372,800 since December 2015, including 74,800 from September to December 2016.

According to CommSec, the rate of growth is the fastest in nearly three years.

But while the ABS’s expectations about the increased size in the nation’s population were beaten, CommSec says there were about 58,000 fewer people living in WA than previously believed.

The latest population growth data was released alongside Census statistics today. Coverage can be found here.

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