Dubbo's population keeps growing as surrounding towns shrink.
The Bureau of Statistics estimates the population of the Dubbo local government area in 2018 was 53,240.
It's an increase of more than 5300 people from 10 years ago when the population was estimated to be 47,849.
Even from 2017 to 2018 Dubbo saw a population growth of 2.1 per cent. In comparison, ABS demography director Beidar Cho said Australia as a whole grew by 1.6 per cent.
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From 2017 to 2018, it's estimated 503 people were added to the Dubbo LGA population naturally, that is through births. Another 375 migrated from somewhere in Australia, while 229 came from overseas to call Dubbo home.
West Dubbo has been the most booming area with a growth rate of 3.3 per cent, followed by south Dubbo at 2.4 per cent. East Dubbo was the only region not to grow with a decrease in population of 0.6 per cent.
However, it was Wellington that saw the biggest growth during the year with a rate of 3.9 per cent.
But while the the Dubbo LGA is experiencing strong growth, areas such as Narromine, Cobar, Parkes and Bogan Shire have seen population decreases.
The Bogan Shire has seen one of the worst decreases in the region.
Between 2017 and 2018 the population shrunk by 1.7 per cent. Across ten years the population has decreased by 371.
Heading further west there have been more population decreases.
Bourke has decreased by 2.5 per cent and Walgett has decreased by 2.4 per cent.
Walgett's population has decreased by 830 in the last ten years.
Population change from 2017 to 2018:
- Dubbo: 2.1 per cent
- Bathurst: 0.9 per cent
- Orange: 1.3 per cent
- Bogan: -1.7 per cent
- Cobar: -0.3 per cent
- Mid-Western Regional: 1 per cent
- Narromine: -0.3 per cent
- Parkes: -0.1 per cent