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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Growth in the ACT
Between June 2001 and June 2011, much of the Territory's population growth occurred in the newly established suburbs in the north. The largest population increases were in the SA2s of Gungahlin (up 5,800 people) and Harrison (4,500). Franklin (4,400) and Forde (2,700) also had large growth.
Of the established SA2s, significant increases were recorded in Dunlop (up 4,500 people), Bruce (3,900) and Civic (2,600). Civic also had the fastest growth, increasing at an average annual rate of 20% over the ten years to 2011.
Growth in the surrounding region
A number of New South Wales SA2s surrounding the ACT had rapid growth in the ten years to June 2011. Many people from these areas commute to work in Canberra. Queanbeyan Region grew by 40% over the ten year period, while Queanbeyan West - Jerrabomberra grew by 38%, and Queanbeyan - East by 26%. Yass (22%) and the surrounding Yass Region (29%) also had fast growth.
Population decline in the ACT
While more than half of all SA2s in the ACT grew between June 2001 and June 2011, population decreases were recorded in a number of SA2s. The largest population declines were in Kambah (down 1,100 people) and Wanniassa (down 690), both in the south, followed by Kaleen (down 680) and Evatt (down 570), both in the north.
CENTRE OF POPULATION
The centre of population in the ACT at June 2011 was located near the Royal Canberra Golf Course, in the suburb of Yarralumla. In the ten years to 2011, the centre of population moved 1.4 kilometres north. This reflects population growth in the northern suburbs of Canberra, especially within the Gungahlin SA3.
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