Sydney is all set to reach a population mark of five million for the first time in August. Almost 1,600 new residents shift every week in Sydney, which prompted such an enormous increase.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the Greater Sydney region will reach the historic mark in the census in August. According to the bureau, one of five Australians will identify Sydney as their home. This is more than the combined population of Hobart and Darwin, which already includes relocation of new residents in the past five years.

Besides Sydney, Melbourne is another city that witnessed a vast increase in its population. As a result of increasing population in Melbourne, construction projects are being undertaken in huge volumes. Whereas Sydney population is to reach five million in August 2016, Melbourne is ready to cover a limit of 10 million in the next 30 years.

Melbourne University’s Pursuit has revealed that by the end of the century, the city will hit the 50 million population mark. Meanwhile, Australian Research Center for Urban Ecology Director Mark McDonnell claimed that Melbourne will not have to compromise the environment and greenery for the construction of roads and flats even if it has to accommodate 10 million people. At present, the city accommodates four million people with Greater Melbourne, which allots 440 people per square kilometer.

Census 2016 head Duncan Young said that it was the high-density housing in Sydney’s inner suburbs, such as Waterloo/Beaconsfield and Pyrmont/Ultimo, which has driven the population increase. “This is rapid change, and the population data expected from next month’s census will be crucial in directing future investment into infrastructure, not only for new roads and transport services, but housing projects, schools and hospitals,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

During the 2011 census, some of the suburbs were in their budding stage as far as the population was concerned. According to the bureau reports, however, Oran Park, Catherine Hill, Cobbitty and Leppington are some of the suburbs in the Macarthur area that might see a growth of 74 percent to 232 percent.