Largest Cities of Australia - Greater Capital City Statistical Areas/SDs By Population

Greater Capital City Statistical Areas/SDs By Population

Each capital city forms its own Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA), which according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) represents a broad socioeconomic definition of each of the eight state and territory capital cities. These correspond to the more common and international usage of metropolitan areas. Statistical Districts (SDs) are similarly defined, but used for major regional cities which do not constitute a state capital. SDs were replaced by the ABS as of the 2011 Census with SA4s. In Australia the population of the GCCSA/SA4 is the most-often quoted figure for that city's population.

Greater Capital City Statistical Areas are in bold, the remainder are SDs.

Melbourne Brisbane Perth Adelaide Gold Coast Newcastle Canberra
Rank GCCSA/SD State/Territory June 2011
1 Sydney New South Wales 4,605,992
2 Melbourne Victoria 4,169,103
3 Brisbane Queensland 2,146,577
4 Perth Western Australia 1,832,114
5 Adelaide South Australia 1,262,940
6 Gold Coast-Tweed Queensland/New South Wales 576,747
7 Newcastle New South Wales 540,002
8 Canberra-Queanbeyan Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales 418,292
* Canberra Australian Capital Territorya 367,752
9 Wollongong New South Wales 288,101
10 Sunshine Coast Queensland 241,643
11 Greater Hobart Tasmania 216,276
12 Geelong Victoria 174,086
13 Townsville Queensland 167,636
14 Cairns Queensland 146,477
15 Darwin Northern Territory 129,062
16 Toowoomba Queensland 125,265
17 Launceston Tasmania 107,746
18 Albury-Wodonga New South Wales/Victoria 103,209
19 Ballarat Victoria 95,007
20 Bendigo Victoria 89,666
21 Mandurah Western Australia 88,305
22 Burnie-Devonport Tasmania 84,217
23 Mackay Queensland 83,350
24 Latrobe Valleyb Victoria 78,614
25 Rockhampton Queensland 75,648
26 Bunbury Western Australia 67,090
27 Bundaberg Queensland 65,728
28 Hervey Bay Queensland 58,261
29 Wagga Wagga New South Wales 56,540
30 Coffs Harbour New South Wales 52,014
31 Gladstone Queensland 50,507
32 Shepparton Victoria 48,958
33 Mildura Victoria 48,382
34 Tamworth New South Wales 46,751
35 Port Macquarie New South Wales 43,791
36 Orange New South Wales 39,480
37 Dubbo New South Wales 36,920
38 Geraldton Western Australia 36,138
39 Nowra-Bomaderry New South Wales 34,444
40 Bathurst New South Wales 34,373
41 Warrnambool Victoria 32,592
42 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Western Australia 31,880
43 Lismore New South Wales 31,607
^a Canberra is unique in having a GCSSA as well as a Statistical Division. The Statistical District is larger than the SD, and includes the neighbouring city of Queanbeyan in New South Wales in the population. Only the Statistical District is ranked here.
^b Includes Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

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