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Australia is one of the world’s most urbanized countries. More than four-fifths of the people live in cities and towns. About 70 per cent of all Australians live in cities of more than 100,000 people. These cities include the federal capital, Canberra, and the six state capitals. The state capitals, in order of size, are Sydney, New South Wales; Melbourne, Victoria; Brisbane, Queens land; Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide, South Australia; and Hobart, Tasmania. Canberra is smaller than all the state capitals except Hobart. Sydney and Melbourne are by far the biggest cities in Australia. Sydney has about 31/2 million people, and Melbourne about 3 million.
Only about 15 per cent of Australia’s people live in rural areas. Australians call the remote countryside the bush. The term outback refers specifically to the interior. The outback consists mainly of open countryside, including vast expanses of grazing land, but it also has widely scattered settlements, the largest of which are mining towns.

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