Daily population boom in the city

Some 903,000 people are in the City of Melbourne municipality on an average weekday in 2016, a City of Melbourne population estimates report shows.

There has been a 6 per cent increase from the 851,000 daily population in 2014.

Among the 903,000 people, 136,000 were residents, which is up by 11.6 per cent from 2014.

Some 384,000 people travel to the city to work on a weekday, a 2 per cent increase from two years ago.

There are 9.8 per cent more students studying in the city each weekday, reaching 78,000 in 2016.

Other groups that contribute to the city’s daily population number include 171,000 metropolitan visitors travelling for non-work or study purposes, 53,000 international visitors, 42,000 children under 15 years, 35,000 interstate visitors and 14,000 regional Victorian visitors.

Melbourne has seen a significant boom in international and interstate tourism, with a 17 per cent increase in overseas traveller numbers and 14.9 per cent in interstate visitors over the past two years.

The CBD has the largest growth in resident numbers, gaining 4600 more residents from 2014 to 2016.

The city’s resident population is expected to grow by 3.3 per cent each year.

Between 2014 and 2016, 74,000sqm of office space was constructed in the CBD and by 2036 more than 549,000 workers are estimated to travel to the city on a weekday.

Student numbers in the city also continue to rise, with 125,000 students forecast to travel to the city for studies each weekday in 2036.

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