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Population change, Queensland

Regional population growth


POPULATION CHANGE, QUEENSLAND

The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) for Queensland was 4,349,500 at 31 December 2008, an increase of 106,700 (2.5%) since 31 December 2007. Queensland accounted for 20% of the Australian population at 31 December 2008.

Between the September 2008 quarter and the December 2008 quarter, 42% (12,400 persons) of the total population increase of 29,400 persons was due to natural increase (excess of births over deaths), 39% (11,600 persons) to net overseas migration and 18% (5,400 persons) attributable to net interstate migration.

Population Change from Previous Quarter - December 2008 quarter
Graph: Population Change from Previous Quarter—December 2008 quarter


Further information about Queensland's population can be accessed from Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.


REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH

At 30 June 2008, the Queensland population was estimated to be 4,293,900 persons. The south east corner comprising Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and West Moreton Statistical Divisions accounted for two-thirds (66%) of the state's population.


Regional Population(a), By Statistical Division - At 30 June - 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008

2001
2006
2007
2008
'000
'000
'000
'000

Statistical division
Brisbane
1 663.1
1 857.8
1 902.2
1 945.6
Gold Coast
387.1
466.4
484.6
497.8
Sunshine Coast
247.2
295.1
304.1
312.8
West Moreton
77.2
86.4
88.6
90.7
Wide Bay-Burnett
232.0
264.1
271.3
278.0
Darling Downs
209.0
225.8
228.8
231.6
South West
27.0
26.4
26.2
26.2
Fitzroy
186.5
206.2
210.9
214.8
Central West
13.6
12.5
12.4
12.3
Mackay
137.5
159.8
163.6
167.7
Northern
190.3
209.9
215.4
220.7
Far North
224.2
247.3
254.3
262.1
North West
34.3
33.2
33.5
33.7
Queensland
3 628.9
4 090.9
4 196.0
4 293.9

(a) Estimates as at 30 June are final for 2001, preliminary rebased for 2006 on results of the Census of Population and Housing, 2006, revised for 2007 and preliminary for 2008. For all years, Statistical divisions are based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2008 Edition.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0).

The fastest growing statistical divisions over the seven years between 30 June 2001 and 30 June 2008 were: Gold Coast with an average annual growth rate of 3.7%, Sunshine Coast (3.4%) and Mackay (2.9%). Three statistical divisions recorded negative average annual growth during the same period: North West (-0.2%), South West (-0.5%) and Central West (-1.5%).

Regional Population, Average Annual Growth Rate, at 30 June - 2001 to 2008
Graph: Regional Population, Average Annual Growth Rate, at 30 June—2001 to 2008


For more information on Queensland's regional population distribution, please refer to Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released annually.


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