By: Nicole Hunt

Death Rate: 7 deaths per 1000 people

Birth Rate: 13 births per 1000 people

Life Expectancy: 82.1 years

Average number of males vs. females: Around 102.4 males per 100 females

Number of people in the country: 24,309,330

Percentage of the total world population: 0.3%

Australians speak over 200 languages . Of these, about 50 are Australian Indigenous languages.

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Cartogram Map showing population density in Australia

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Australia's Population Problem

Australia has a high population growth rate compared with other high-income nations, this is due to its high level of immigration. Australia is now home to around 24 million people. Although there is a natural increase in population level. There is very little agreement among scientists as to how many people Australia can support, and even less about what environmental impact high levels of population would have. Some scientists argue that Australia already has more people that the environment can handle. Scientists have come to the conclusion that 10 million people would be a sustainable population for Australia, although they are well over that number. The impact that a population has on an area depends on how many resources they consume and the amount of wastes they produce. Because of the high increase in population in Australia many species have become extinct or threatened by the expansion of human activities in their habitats. Australia needs to work on stabilizing their population in order to start conserving resources and saving species.
Australian Milestone - 24 Million | Mark McCrindle on 7 News


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