Brisbane Population 2017

The total population of Brisbane is 2.2 million people, making it the third largest city by population in Australia. With an area of less than 3000 square miles (6000 square kilometers) the town has a population density of 896.1 people per square mile (346 people per square kilometer) making it quite congested. Today, the city takes part in numerous international business deals, and was declared a Global City in 2008.

Brisbane Population Evolution

Throughout its history, Brisbane has almost always exceeded its population growth estimates. The city was founded by the Turbal and Jagera people in Australia, however by the 1800s, Europeans had settled in the area and claimed the land for themselves. In 1823, the Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane declared that a settlement would rise near the Brisbane River. The town was quickly named Brisbane, and Europeans began flocking there. By the 20th Century, the city of Brisbane was broken into twenty small villages and towns. All of which were settled by different groups of people. The city hall was completed by 1930, and the Story Bridge opened a decade later in 1940, allowing people to travel to Brisbane easier. During World War II the town experienced large population growth, due to the Allied Powers taking over the town and naming it their South West Pacific Headquarters. Sympathizers with the Allied Powers moved to Brisbane to show their support. Due to a rush of population growth from both Australian citizens, and Allied troops, the city went through a large economic growth as well.

After World War II, the city of Brisbane saw a slight slow in their population growth. They had developed a stigma for being a bad place to live, and people began emigrating out of the city. After a change in government occurred, an urban renewal program was put in place, and Brisbane was Queensland's first priority. The city received a Tram line, and businesses began booming again with a little help from the government. People once again began flocking to the town, and the population began growing at 2.2% per year.

As the 21st Century came around, the population growth came to a halt when a major flood hit the city in 2011. The flood caused major damage to buildings, homes and roads and caused many people to move out of the city, in fear of another flood occurring in their lifetime. Today though, the city has rebounded from the flood, and continues to exceed population growth averages from all across Australia. It has become the fastest growing city in Australia, and could easily become the fastest growing city in the world if its population growth rate stays steady.

Brisbane Population in 2017Source: Bert Knottenbeld

Brisbane Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20302,721,0006.30%161,000
20252,560,0007.20%171,000
20202,389,0005.00%114,000
20172,275,0003.30%73,000
20152,202,0008.30%168,000
20102,034,0009.20%171,000
20051,863,00011.80%197,000
20001,666,0008.90%136,000
19951,530,00010.80%149,000
19901,381,00011.20%139,000
19851,242,0009.40%107,000
19801,135,0009.50%98,000
19751,037,00014.60%132,000
1970905,00029.50%206,000
1965699,00015.90%96,000
1960603,00016.40%85,000
1955518,00017.20%76,000
1950442,0000.00%0
Brisbane Population Growth

Brisbane's 2017 population is now estimated at 2,275,000. In 1950, the population of Brisbane was 442,000. Brisbane has grown by 73,000 in the last year, which represents a 3.30% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Brisbane, which typically includes Brisbane's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics - Greater Brisbane population and statistics