Canberra Population 2022

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Although Canberra is Australia's capital city, it is only the ninth largest city in the country. The latest census revealed that Canberra was home to 357,220 people in August 2011; an increase of just over 10% in just five years.

Canberra is a planned city that was not developed in one of Australia's states; it is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, a small territory developed to ensure that Australia's capital was not found in one of Australia's five states, thus providing its neutrality.

City Size

Canberra covers 814 square kilometers (314 square miles) of area. With a population estimate of 403,468 as of 2016, this gives a population density of 495.6 people residing per square kilometer.

Demographics of Canberra

When it comes to demographics, Canberra is pretty similar to other major Australian cities in some respects and very different in others.

71.4% of its residents were born in Australia, slightly higher than the national average of 70.3% – perhaps a reflection that Canberra is a Government town. The next largest nationality is English (3.7%) and Chinese (1.8%).

Canberra is, though, one of the few cities where the largest religious group is, in fact, the non-religious. 28.9% of Canberrans told census takers that they did not have a religion. This is slightly higher than the proportion of Catholics (26.1%) and twice the population of Anglicans (14.7%).

Incomes in Canberra are much higher than the national average. The average weekly wage for an Australian is $577, but in Canberra, the average income is $917. Residents of Canberra are also much better educated than the average Australian. 4.5% of people living in Canberra have a postgraduate degree, compared with an average of 1.8% in the country as a whole. Again, this reflects Canberra's status as the capital of Australia.

Population Growth

Canberra was chosen as the location for the nation's capital in 1908. In 1911, a pair of architects from Chicago, Illinois, USA was awarded the responsibility to design the blueprint of the city. By 1927, the Federal Parliament sat in their new offices for the first time.

In 1911, the city residents numbered just over 1,700, quickly growing to 9,000 by 1930. By 1971, the population first reached over 100,000. In 2000, the population reached over 300,000, and it continues to grow.

Year Population
195019,921
195121,777
195223,810
195326,025
195428,467
195531,393
195634,624
195738,178
195842,102
195946,429
196051,208
196156,465
196262,435
196369,038
196476,349
196584,411
196693,336
1967102,791
1968113,218
1969124,671
1970137,300
1971151,195
1972161,131
1973171,690
1974182,957
1975194,964
1976207,750
1977211,429
1978215,179
1979218,995
1980222,885
1981226,837
1982232,801
1983238,921
1984245,211
1985251,649
1986258,262
1987264,063
1988270,004
1989276,061
1990282,263
1991288,597
1992292,693
1993296,835
1994301,042
1995305,308
1996309,651
1997317,811
1998326,198
1999334,807
2000343,655
2001352,695
2002356,058
2003359,452
2004362,884
2005366,339
2006369,840
2007376,615
2008383,523
2009390,539
2010397,692
2011404,973
2012410,821
2013416,737
2014422,747
2015428,843
2016435,036
2017441,318
2018447,692
2019452,497
2020457,330
2021462,213
2022467,194
2023472,304
2024477,567
2025482,986
2026488,541
2027494,197
2028499,915
2029505,659
2030511,397
2031517,115
2032522,808
2033528,480
2034534,132
2035539,773

Canberra Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
195019,9210.00%
195121,7779.32%1,856
195223,8109.34%2,033
195326,0259.30%2,215
195428,4679.38%2,442
195531,39310.28%2,926
195634,62410.29%3,231
195738,17810.26%3,554
195842,10210.28%3,924
195946,42910.28%4,327
196051,20810.29%4,779
196156,46510.27%5,257
196262,43510.57%5,970
196369,03810.58%6,603
196476,34910.59%7,311
196584,41110.56%8,062
196693,33610.57%8,925
1967102,79110.13%9,455
1968113,21810.14%10,427
1969124,67110.12%11,453
1970137,30010.13%12,629
1971151,19510.12%13,895
1972161,1316.57%9,936
1973171,6906.55%10,559
1974182,9576.56%11,267
1975194,9646.56%12,007
1976207,7506.56%12,786
1977211,4291.77%3,679
1978215,1791.77%3,750
1979218,9951.77%3,816
1980222,8851.78%3,890
1981226,8371.77%3,952
1982232,8012.63%5,964
1983238,9212.63%6,120
1984245,2112.63%6,290
1985251,6492.63%6,438
1986258,2622.63%6,613
1987264,0632.25%5,801
1988270,0042.25%5,941
1989276,0612.24%6,057
1990282,2632.25%6,202
1991288,5972.24%6,334
1992292,6931.42%4,096
1993296,8351.42%4,142
1994301,0421.42%4,207
1995305,3081.42%4,266
1996309,6511.42%4,343
1997317,8112.64%8,160
1998326,1982.64%8,387
1999334,8072.64%8,609
2000343,6552.64%8,848
2001352,6952.63%9,040
2002356,0580.95%3,363
2003359,4520.95%3,394
2004362,8840.95%3,432
2005366,3390.95%3,455
2006369,8400.96%3,501
2007376,6151.83%6,775
2008383,5231.83%6,908
2009390,5391.83%7,016
2010397,6921.83%7,153
2011404,9731.83%7,281
2012410,8211.44%5,848
2013416,7371.44%5,916
2014422,7471.44%6,010
2015428,8431.44%6,096
2016435,0361.44%6,193
2017441,3181.44%6,282
2018447,6921.44%6,374
2019452,4971.07%4,805
2020457,3301.07%4,833
2021462,2131.07%4,883
2022467,1941.08%4,981
2023472,3041.09%5,110
2024477,5671.11%5,263
2025482,9861.13%5,419
2026488,5411.15%5,555
2027494,1971.16%5,656
2028499,9151.16%5,718
2029505,6591.15%5,744
2030511,3971.13%5,738
2031517,1151.12%5,718
2032522,8081.10%5,693
2033528,4801.08%5,672
2034534,1321.07%5,652
2035539,7731.06%5,641

Canberra Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Melbourne5,150,7661.76%
Sydney5,056,5711.30%
Brisbane2,472,2221.34%
Perth2,092,6491.22%
Adelaide1,355,5220.75%
Gold Coast721,6871.55%
Canberra467,1941.08%
Newcastle457,0040.77%
Sunshine Coast359,4381.74%
Central Coast338,8350.63%
Wollongong309,8490.77%

Other Cities in Australia

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics - Canberra 2016 Census QuickStats
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics - Australian Capital Territory Summary

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