New South Australia has more than 2 million residents and more than 80 per cent of them live in the ACT.
New South Wales had an overall population of 1.5 million people in 2017, according to the latest census figures released on Friday.
The ACT has 1.05 million people, while Victoria had 1.11 million and Tasmania had 1 million.
Victoria had the highest number of residents with 2.28 million, followed by Queensland with 1.17 million and South Australia with 1 million, according the Census.
It was a similar story for New South South Wales, with a population of 623,000.
According to the census, the population of the ACT was 5.56 million people at the end of June, a figure that had increased from 5.38 million at the time of the last census in 2012.
There were 4.5 per cent more people in the state in 2017 than in 2016.
More people were living in the New South as a result of the Northern Territory government’s decision to phase out its pension scheme and the Queensland government’s plan to abolish the state’s coal seam gas industry.
With the ACT population forecast to rise by about 50,000, it is expected to overtake Western Australia and Victoria as the top state for population growth in the coming years.
But there are still areas where New South Wains will remain below the ACT’s population threshold.
In the Northern territory, the number of people aged over 55 fell from 3.5 to 2.9 million, while the population aged under 65 grew from 551,000 to 690,000 in the same period.
South Australia’s population fell from 6.4 million to 5.1 million, with the number aged over 65 falling from 639,000 on average to 602,000 over the same time period.
And while Queensland’s population grew by about 100,000 from 2015 to 2017, the ACT saw its population increase by a staggering 12 per cent.
And while the number is projected to rise to about 7.5m in 2020, it will remain well below the figure of 8.1m that is forecast in the latest state budget.
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