Located in southeastern Australia, Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. The state borders to the south Bass Strait and Tasmania, and to the north, New South Wales. To the west, Victoria borders South Australia and to the eastern side the Tasman Sea. Victoria’s capital is Melbourne, which is the second largest city in Australia. The government in Victoria is a Constitutional Monarchy with a governor and a premier. The total land area is 91,761 square miles, and the state of Victoria had a population of 6,290,700 as of March 2017.
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria. The city is the state’s most populous and also the second most populous in Australia, covering a total area of 3,858.1 square miles. Melbourne had a population of 4,725,316 as of 2016. About 63.3% of residents in Melbourne are Australian-born. Some of the city dwellers are foreign-born with the United Kingdom accounting for 3.4%. India and China-born inhabitants stand at 2.7% and 2.3% respectively. Outside of Europe, Victoria holds the largest Greek-speaking population. The most common language in the city is English with about 68.1% residents speaking it at home, followed by Chinese at 3.6%. In recent years, the city has recorded the highest growth rate, and studies claim that the population will surpass Sydney’s by 2040.
The port city of Geelong is the second largest in Victoria, located on Corio Bay. The city is the second most populous in the state with a population of 192,393 as of 2016. Geelong has an urban area of 354.7 square miles and over 60 suburbs. The 2006 census observed the median age of people in the city as 37 years. 19.4% of the population were children below 15 years while persons aged 55 years and above number 26.6%. Australian-born residents account for 78.4% of the population, with the highest percentage of foreign-born dwellers coming from England at 3.6%.
Ballarat sits on the Yarrowee River in Victoria’s Central Highlands with a population of 101,588 as of 2016. The city is ranked the third most populous city in Victoria with an area of 132.7 square miles. The urban area of Ballarat has had a population growth of 23.6% since 2006, sustaining an average of 1.9% each year. About 8.2% of the residents are born overseas, with the majority coming from North East Europe at 4.2%.The median age of the population is 35.8 years with 14.4% being over 65 years.
Demographics Of Victoria
About 72% of the population in Victoria is Australian-born with about 75% of the residents living in the capital city. By 2021, a quarter of Victorians will be over 60 years according to the government’s prediction. The religion with the highest percentage of the Victorians is Christianity at 61.1%, while 20% have no religion. Approximately 28.2% of marriages were in a church whereas civil registration took up 71.7% as of 2012. Criminal offenses recorded from 2010 to 2014 have been on the increase, and there were 173 homicides between 2011 and 2012.