3311.3.55.001 - Demography, Queensland, 2004 Final  
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February 15, 2006
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
Queensland's population growth still leads the country

The number of Queensland births were at an all-time high in 2004 and the state's population growth remains highest in Australia, according to the latest analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

There were 49,900 births registered to mothers usually resident in Queensland. This was the highest number ever recorded.

Queensland's population continued to grow at a stronger rate (2.3%) during 2003-04 than other states and was above the Australian average of 1.1%. Queensland's population increase of 87,000 persons during 2003-04 included 36,700 interstate migrants, 25,400 overseas migrants as well as a natural increase of 25,000.

The life expectancy of Queenslanders has continued to increase, reaching 77.8 years for males and 82.9 years for females born in 2004, in contrast to 74.7 years for males and 80.8 years for females born in 1994.

In 2004, 13,000 males and 11,500 females usually resident in Queensland died.

Marriages and divorces
In 2004, the crude marriage rate for Queensland, at 6.3 marriages per 1,000 population, was the highest in Australia. The crude divorce rate was 3.4 divorces per 1,000 population.

There were 24,300 marriages registered in Queensland in 2004, an increase of 9.2% from 2003 and 16.9% from 1994. Civil celebrants performed 61.9% of these marriages.

Divorces also increased in 2004. There were 13,300 divorces granted in Queensland, a 36% increase from 1994.

In Queensland in 2004, the median age at marriage was 31.6 years for males and 29.4 years for females.