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Oh baby, it's booming out West​​​

Issued: Monday 11 April 2016​​​

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Blacktown is the state’s number one baby hotspot for the third year in a row.​​​

Blacktown mums and dads claimed first place on the 2015 Top 10 Baby Suburbs and Towns list welcoming 784 newborns last year, down from 846 in 2014 and 843 in 2013.

Sydney’s west and south west dominated the baby countdown with Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands, Liverpool, Parramatta and Guildford polling highly.

“Clearly many parents believe the west is best when it comes to babies,” Births, Deaths & Marriages Registrar Amanda Ianna said.

“Over the past decade, Western Sydney has been driving the state’s population growth as young families are drawn to affordable housing and employment opportunities.
 
“We are now seeing the same suburbs featuring in the top 10 every year with Blacktown, Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands, Liverpool, Parramatta and Guildford Mums and Dads delivering a total of 4,256 babies in 2015, down from 4,586 in 2014.”

Randwick is the only suburb in Eastern Sydney to make the top 10, while suburbs in Sydney’s north and south experienced significantly lower birth rates.
 
Orange and Dubbo led the way for regional NSW finishing fifth and seventh respectively. While they missed out on a top 10 berth, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga all did their bit to boost the regional population, finishing 14th, 18th and 20th.
 
Birth rates in NSW have fallen by more than six per cent since 2012, from 96,853 to 90,833 in NSW in 2015.
 
Parents need to register the birth of their newborn within 60 days. To find out more, visit www.bdm.nsw.gov.au. The website also contains the top 100 baby locations and other statistics (in the facts and statistics section).​

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