Canberra, Australia Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Canberra, Australia metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Canberra in 2020 is 457,000, a 1.11% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Canberra in 2019 was 452,000, a 0.89% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Canberra in 2018 was 448,000, a 1.59% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Canberra in 2017 was 441,000, a 1.38% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Australia
City Name Population
Melbourne 4,968,000
Sydney 4,926,000
Brisbane 2,406,000
Perth 2,042,000
Adelaide 1,336,000
Gold Coast-Tweed Head 699,000
Canberra 457,000
Newcastle-Maitland 450,000
Sunshine Coast 347,000
Central Coast 335,000
Wollongong 305,000
Canberra - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 457,000 1.11%
2019 452,000 0.89%
2018 448,000 1.59%
2017 441,000 1.38%
2016 435,000 1.40%
2015 429,000 1.42%
2014 423,000 1.44%
2013 417,000 1.46%
2012 411,000 1.48%
2011 405,000 1.76%
2010 398,000 1.79%
2009 391,000 1.82%
2008 384,000 1.86%
2007 377,000 1.89%
2006 370,000 1.09%
2005 366,000 0.83%
2004 363,000 1.11%
2003 359,000 0.84%
2002 356,000 0.85%
2001 353,000 2.62%
2000 344,000 2.69%
1999 335,000 2.76%
1998 326,000 2.52%
1997 318,000 2.58%
1996 310,000 1.64%
1995 305,000 1.33%
1994 301,000 1.35%
1993 297,000 1.37%
1992 293,000 1.38%
1991 289,000 2.48%
1990 282,000 2.17%
1989 276,000 2.22%
1988 270,000 2.27%
1987 264,000 2.33%
1986 258,000 2.38%
1985 252,000 2.86%
1984 245,000 2.51%
1983 239,000 2.58%
1982 233,000 2.64%
1981 227,000 1.79%
1980 223,000 1.83%
1979 219,000 1.86%
1978 215,000 1.90%
1977 211,000 1.44%
1976 208,000 6.67%
1975 195,000 6.56%
1974 183,000 6.40%
1973 172,000 6.83%
1972 161,000 6.62%
1971 151,000 10.22%
1970 137,000 9.60%
1969 125,000 10.62%
1968 113,000 9.71%
1967 103,000 10.75%
1966 93,000 10.71%
1965 84,000 10.53%
1964 76,000 10.14%
1963 69,000 11.29%
1962 62,000 10.71%
1961 56,000 9.80%
1960 51,000 10.87%
1959 46,000 9.52%
1958 42,000 10.53%
1957 38,000 8.57%
1956 35,000 12.90%
1955 31,000 10.71%
1954 28,000 7.69%
1953 26,000 8.33%
1952 24,000 9.09%
1951 22,000 10.00%
1950 20,000 0.00%