Coffs Harbour’s population growth over the past decade was the state’s 13th highest outside Sydney, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Between 2005 and 2015, Coffs Harbour welcomed 7014 more residents – bringing the city’s population to 72,971.

In the same time period the population of Nambucca grew by 1351 people while Bellingen’s grew by 328.