NT population passes 200,000 for first time

The population of the Northern Territory has grown to more than 200,000 people for the first time.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed data from its 2011 Census, an update from the 2006 version.

It shows the Territory's population has increased 9.9 per cent, from 192,000 in 2006 to almost 212,000 in 2011.

Darwin is the biggest growth area in the Territory, with a 10 per cent rise in the population to almost 73,000 people.

Household weekly rent in Darwin has increased 80 per cent over the five years between surveys, from $200 a week in 2006 to $360 in 2011.

The Territory has also seen the biggest jump in monthly mortgage repayments in the nation, up 58.3 per cent to $2,058 a month.

The median age of Territorians is 31 compared to the national average of 37.

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