Australia population to hit 35 million within 30 years

13:51, June 04, 2010      

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The populations of Australia's state, Queensland and Western Australia were expected to more than double within the next 50 years, data showed on Friday.

As the great population debate rages, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Yearbook showed the nation's population was expected to swell to more than 35 million by 2056.

By 2101, the population will have hit 44.7 million.

The predictions point to a much different, and more crowded, Australia compared to 1901, when the country had a population of just 3.7 million.

While New South Wales (NSW) will remain the most populous state, its share of the population will decline from 33 percent in 2007 to 29 percent in 2056.

In 2007, there were 6.9 million people living in NSW.

By 2056, it has been expected there will be 10.2 million people in NSW, of whom almost seven million will be living in Sydney.

But it is the resource-rich states of Queensland and Western Australia where most of the population growth will happen.

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