2016 Census: Queensland
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More than one in three migrants from New Zealand settle in Queensland
Queensland remains a popular destination to settle for our friends across the ditch, with the 2016 Census revealing more than one in three (35 per cent) of the 98,000 New Zealanders arriving in Australia since 2011 settled in the Sunshine State.
It has been less than 10 months since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) took the pulse of the nation to find out who we are, how we live, what we do, and where we’re headed.
The Census was used to update Queensland’s estimated resident population, which at 31 December, 2016, had grown to 4,883,739 people.
The Census counted 4,703,193 usual residents of Queensland on Census night, an 8.6 per cent increase from 2011.
New Zealand (4.3 per cent) remains the most commonly reported country of birth outside Australia for people in Queensland, followed by England (3.8 per cent) and India (1.0 per cent).
The 2016 Census found the North Lakes area to be the fastest growing region in Queensland. Located 26 kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD, North Lakes recorded a population increase of 39 per cent from 52,000 people in 2011 to 72,000 people in 2016.
Located between Brisbane and the picturesque Gold Coast, Ormeau-Oxenford was the fastest growing region outside of the State’s capital, with its population increasing to 121,000 people, up from 94,000 people in 2011.
People are flocking to the sand and surf, with high growth rates since 2011 in the coastal regions of Buderim (19.1 per cent), Surfers Paradise (15.6 per cent), and Caloundra (15.6 per cent).
Looking at Australia's Glitter Strip, the Gold Coast Local Government Area recorded a resident population of 555,721 people, an increase of 12.4 per cent from 2011.
The maroon State also remains largely English speaking, with four out of five people (81 per cent) reporting they only spoke English at home, down from 85 per cent in 2011. The most common languages spoken in Queensland homes other than English were Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese.
Christianity was the most common religion reported in Queensland, accounting for more than half the State’s population – 2.6 million people – while 29 per cent of people reported that they had ‘No religion’.
Queensland’s median weekly personal income increased from $587 in 2011 to $660 in 2016, a 12 per cent rise, with the Weipa Local Government Area on the western shores of the Cape York Peninsula recording the State’s highest median income at $1,320 a week.
Queensland recorded the country’s third-highest median weekly rent, with an increase of 10 per cent over the past five years to $330. Over the same period, for those chasing the great Australia dream, the state’s median monthly mortgage repayment actually fell by six per cent.
Census data reported that Queensland was home to 186,482 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2016, up from 155,826 five years earlier. Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is surpassed only by that of New South Wales
Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said Census data is high quality, thanks to the participation of Australians.
“The Independent Assurance Panel I established to provide extra assurance and transparency of Census data quality concluded that the 2016 Census data can be used with confidence,” Mr Kalisch said.
“The 2016 Census had a response rate of 95.1 per cent and a net undercount of 1.0 per cent. This is a quality result, comparable to both previous Australian Censuses and Censuses in other countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
“Furthermore, 63 per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements.
“2016 Census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years,” he said.
Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.
You can also attend one of our free Seminars. To find out more about Census Data Seminar series, or to register, go to the ABS website.
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