6m for Melbourne by 203127 September 2015 by News Desk
The population of Melbourne in Australia will reach six million people by 2031, a rise of almost two million compared to today’s population.
Across the state of Victoria as a whole, the population is forecast to increase from its current 5.9 million to 7.1 million in 2031. And latest official figures show the level of residential housing and community facilities that will have to be created in order to address the needs of the growing populace.
Victoria currently has around 2.2 million households, with Melbourne at 1.5 million, or 70% of the total. The number of households in Melbourne is predicted to rise by about 600,000 to 2.1million in 2031. Residential construction in Melbourne needs to average around 40,000 new homes each year to match the increase in households based on current predictions.
As Melbourne expands in coming years it is forecast to grow bigger than Sydney is many areas of measurement.
Under the “high fertility, overseas migration and life expectancy” scenario, Melbourne’s population would be 9.193 million by the middle of the century and Sydney’s 8.431 million.
Under the “medium fertility, overseas migration and life expectancy” scenario, Melbourne’s population would be 8.162 million, and Sydney’s 8.124 million.
Under the “low fertility, overseas migration and life expectancy” scenario, Melbourne’s population would be 7.353 million and Sydney’s 7.716 million.