The suburbs in Australia where the population is growing at more than double ...

The population in Australia's biggest cities is growing at more than double the national average as international student numbers soar.

Australia's population growth pace is already twice the rich-world average thanks to high immigration.

During the last financial year, the number of people in Australia surged by 1.5 per cent.

In some pockets of Melbourne, Sydney and southern Queensland, however, the population growth pace was more than double that.

Melbourne's inner-city areas experienced a 3.5 per cent population surge in 2018, making these suburbs Australia's fastest growing, a CommSec analysis and Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed.

The population in Australia's biggest cities is growing at more than double the national average as international student numbers soar. Melbourne's inner-city areas experienced a 3.5 per cent population surge in 2018, making these suburbs Australia's fastest growing, a new CommSec analysis Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed. Pictured: Flinders Street Station

The population in Australia's biggest cities is growing at more than double the national average as international student numbers soar. Melbourne's inner-city areas experienced a 3.5 per cent population surge in 2018, making these suburbs Australia's fastest growing, a new CommSec analysis Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed. Pictured: Flinders Street Station 

The Victorian capital is also home to a large number of international students, with 35.3 per cent of Australia's overseas higher education enrollments coming from the state.

Last year alone, the number of foreigners in Australia with a student visa surged by 8.8 per cent to 754,656, Department of Education data showed. 

CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman said Melbourne's attraction for overseas students had helped make it Australia's fastest growing area.

'Melbourne is an education hub,' he told Daily Mail Australia.

'What we have seen is a lot of international students studying in Melbourne so of course that adds to the population numbers.'

Unlike Sydney, constrained by the Blue Mountains to the west, Melbourne has more

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