From The Australian
More fringe dwellers as Melbourne population reaches 4.25m
April 30, 2013
Melbourne has again dominated Australia's population growth, adding 77,242 people in 2011-12 to reach mid-2012 with a population of almost 4.25 million.
MELBOURNE's population continues to boom as lack of housing affordability pushes more young families to the city fringe.
New ABS figures show the city is growing by 1500 people a week, with outer suburbs such as South Morang, Point Cook and Tarneit recording the biggest increases in the nation.
Melbourne added 77,200 people in the year to June 2012 - the most of any capital city and an increase equal to the size of the Latrobe Valley.
Fuelled mainly by overseas migration, the city's population has reached 4.25 million, only 400,000 short of Sydney's, said the ABS report Regional Population Growth Australia 2011-12.