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Population

Victoria is home to over 5.9 million people (2016 census), with about 4.5 million of those living in the suburbs and surroundings which constitute the state's capital city of Melbourne.

Victoria is Australia's second most populated state and Melbourne is the country's second largest city.

Victoria's 10 largest cities by population

No. City Year settled Population Distance from Melbourne
1. Melbourne 1835 4,485,200 -
2. Geelong 1836 187,500 75 kilometres
3. Ballarat 1838 103,800 113 kilometres
4. Bendigo 1851 94,400 148 kilometres
5. Mildura 1887 50,600 541 kilometres
6. Shepparton 1855 49,100 176 kilometres
7. Wodonga 1852 34,800 299 kilometres
8. Warrnambool 1844 31,600 263 kilometres
9. Traralgon 1844 27,200 157 kilometres
10. Wangaratta 1838 19,000 235 kilometres
  • Populations are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data from 2016
  • Populations are specified for each city's urban area, its surrounding suburbs and adjacent rural area, not the entire municipality
  • Areas within Greater Melbourne are included in Melbourne's total and are not ranked separately
  • Populations are rounded to the nearest 100