"Skyrocketing rents and a projected home shortage have sparked fierce debate on
the most effective ways to address Australia’s housing crisis.
Experts say one of the most effective fixes is to increase the supply of
housing, specifically infilling urban areas to increase the density of areas
where people actually want to live.
Exclusive data provided to Guardian Australia
by the United Nations shows
Australian cities are well behind many others globally in terms of population
density – there are hundreds of cities around the world that are more dense
than Sydney or Melbourne.
Australia has added millions of people and dwellings over the past decade, but
the data shows increased density is mainly concentrated in a few areas – around
city centres, and especially in Melbourne and Sydney.
Twelve of the top 20 suburbs with the largest increases in population density
over the past decade were in metropolitan Sydney, led by Wentworth Point in
Sydney’s west and Zetland and Waterloo to the south of the CBD. Southbank to
the south of Melbourne’s CBD was third and Newstead in Brisbane was fourth.
You can explore density in Australian major cities by searching for postcodes
in the map below."
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