Canberra, Australia Population 1950-2020

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 population of Canberra in 2020 is 457,000, a 1.11% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Canberra in 2019 was 452,000, a 0.89% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Canberra in 2018 was 448,000, a 1.59% increase from 2017.
  • The 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%