City on the up

POPULATION GROWTH: The rural City of Wangaratta's population grew last financial year to around 27,500.

WANGARATTA’S population is on the up – by 253 people last financial year.

The 0.9 per cent positive shift – almost double the growth achieved between 2014 and 2015 – put the rural city’s estimated resident population at June 30, last year, at 27,499.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ national population data released yesterday also reinforced a favourable trend away from a string of five successive years where the municipality’s population flat-lined at around 27,200 between 2010 and 2012 before dipping in 2013 and again in 2014.

The numbers recovered in 2015 to 27,246 and the latest figures show the rural city’s population at its highest in the past decade.

The positive move in the year to June 30, 2016, also accounted for 30 per cent of all growth in the municipality’s population since 2006.

The data – for what is classed by the ABS as one of regional Australia’s significant urban areas – shows a 1.4 per cent increase to 18,540 people for the city itself.

This reflects a marginal increase in the urban population as a proportion of the municipality’s total population.

It accounted for 67.4 per cent of the total estimated resident population last year, compared with 67 per cent in 2015.

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