Melbourne surpasses Sydney as Australia’s most populous city, writes the BBC. But, since the nineteenth century, the metropolis has had to hand over its crown.
For over a hundred years, Sydney has had the largest population in the country. But the latest government figures, dated June 2021, show that title has been passed on. At that time, Melbourne had a population of 4,875,400, 18,700 more than Sydney.
The sudden takeover is due to a redrawing of the city limits. The suburb of Melton is now also included in the counts because it has reached the cape of 10,000 inhabitants.
There has been a rivalry between the two cities for generations. But, according to the BBC, “Sydneysiders” point out that the broader region around their city still has more residents than Melbourne’s.
However, according to the Australian statistics office, that figure is also likely to change around 2031.