3311.3 - Demography, Queensland, 2001  
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December 16, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
Queensland the boom state

Queensland remained the fastest growing state in 2001, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Outdoing the Australian rate of 1.3%, the population of Queensland grew at a rate of 1.9% from 2000 to 2001. The main contributor to this growth was the net interstate migration of 21,995 people.

At 31 December 2001, the Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of Queensland was 3,670,500 representing 19% of Australia's population.

In 2001, other key points about Queensland's demographic make-up include:
  • There were 47,678 registered births.
  • Total fertility rate increased from 1.78 children per female in 2000 to 1.79 in 2001 (the national fertility rate was 1.72).
  • There were 22,856 registered deaths.
  • The death rate increased from 5.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2000 to 6.3 in 2001.
  • Malignant neoplasms (cancer) and heart diseases were the two leading causes of death, accounting for over 50% of all deaths.
  • Indigenous deaths comprised 2% of the total registered deaths. The median age at death was 52.5 years for males and 54.1 years for females.
  • The marriage rate was 5.6 marriages per 1,000 population, the highest rate recorded in all states and territories.
  • There were 20,314 registered marriages. Of those, almost two-thirds (64%) of couples had not been married previously.
  • There were 12,085 divorces granted.
  • At 3.3 divorces per 1,000 population, the divorce rate was the highest in the nation (national rate of 2.8).

Further details are in Queensland Demography (cat. no. 3311.3).