Thursday, 25 April 2013

Oz Population - 23 Million (and climbing slowly)

    On 26 April 2013 at 10:06:39 AM (Canberra time), the resident population of Australia is projected to be:
    This projection is based on the estimated resident population at 30 September 2012 and assumes growth since then of:
    - one birth every 1 minute and 44 seconds,
    - one death every 3 minutes and 32 seconds ,
    - a net gain of one international migration every 2 minutes and 19 seconds,

    leading to an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 23 seconds.

    So where are we all?

    As you can see we are all pretty much hanging onto the coastal areas and there is an awful lot of space unpopulated.   Climatic conditions, lifestyle choices and employment opportunities in the cities surrounding bays and harbours with ports for trade are all good reasons for this.

    Melbourne - Worlds most liveable city for 2011 & 2012.  

    I made a point of putting Melbourne instead of Sydney because i live here but because there is a city rivalry that exists between us that must be fought at all costs.

    See that Sydney (a lowly 7th).  Pretty amazing isn't it to think that 4 State Capitals in Australia made it into the Top 10. 

    All that yellow on the map is the "outback" and is desert and uninhabitable except for kangaroos, emu's, camels.  There are many "stations" out there, some that take days to drive across where hardy frontier people live (Kudos).   I come from an area in the light orange shading.

    You can also see, if you squint at the colour key on the map that we are not that densely populated.  The whole of England can fit in our second smallest state (Victoria - bottom right before getting in the water to visit Tasmania) and they have a population of 56 million.  7.8 million in London alone!

    This totally blows my mind.  I sit and watch Escape to the Country each week and look at all the moors, forests, farm land, lakes district, the quaint little villages and designated heritage areas and ask myself, where are all the people if there is so much space in the country.  Are you living on top of one another? 

    Apparently So - I hope you like your neighbours + your calves must get a workout with stairs.

    I live in a 4 bedroom single story house on a suburban block that's about 695 Sq mtrs.  Its about average size for 15 years ago.  The blocks in the new estates are heading down to 450-500 Sq mtrs and costing over 5 times as much and the houses take up almost the entire block.  Thank goodness, i had room for a cricket pitch years ago and now  a veggie patch out the back.  Im in one of the fringe suburbs on Melbourne and its about 28 km from the central business district.  On a good day, i can be in there and parked within 40 minutes.

    I long for one of these.

    If you haven't worked this out yet, i have never travelled outside of Australia.  Somehow Ive made it to middle age never having left these shores.   There is so much to see out there and so much to experience.  One day (Ive been saying that for a while) I will get to see something of the world.  Perhaps on one of those granny tours.  I have a passion for Tuscany and Canada and hope I'm young enough to be able to traverse all those steps and natural wonders.

    This is why i love blogging.  I get to see into the daily lives of other people all over the world.  Yours photo's, posts and comments give me a peak into how others live in different countries. 

    Frugal Queen the other day did a post on England and why she loves it.  I enjoyed it immensely.

    Though i don't get comments from many (thanks to those who do) i know there are some of you out there in some pretty amazing places.  My Stats tab tells me you are out there so let me know who you are and share your life and love of your country with this armchair traveller.

    Thanks for visiting Living In The Land of Oz


  1. We don't live so far away form each other. I also love that the world becomes a smaller place with a blog, using twitter has made that world even smaller! I've done a little travelling overseas and an excited to build on those adventures.

  2. I live on an overseas island...Tassie...and we didn't make it to the top 10 :(. Pity Perth wasn't number 1, it deserves to be, bollocks to Melbourne and Sydney, Perth is the bomb! (Guess which is my home state ;) ). Here in Tassie there are roughly 200 000 people and shrinking alarmingly (thanks to the lumberjacks, political nepotism and a complete lack of jobs and a future)so when we talk about population growth we aint talkin about Tassie folks! ;)

  3. Growing up in in Tassie it was always us and the Mainlanders... it's just one big state over there, right? I mean, Tassie is one state, so the rest of Oz must be as well?


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