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Cairns

Market characteristics

Cairns has a lower proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to Queensland.

The people who live in an area are one of the most important resources that an economy draws upon, both as a market that consumes goods and services and as a source of labour.

This table provides an overview of Cairns's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about Cairns's resident population, including neighbourhood profiles, can be found in the Community Profile.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Key statistics of local residents
Cairns20162011Change
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Population summary--------------
Total residents156,901100.0100.0145,338100.0100.0+11,563
Males77,39049.349.471,99449.549.6+5,396
Females79,50850.750.673,34650.550.4+6,162
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years32,10320.519.431,84421.920.2+259
15 - 24 years18,95112.113.018,30312.613.6+648
25 - 54 years66,89642.640.564,38044.341.5+2,516
55 - 64 Years19,02112.111.816,39511.311.6+2,626
65 years and over19,91412.715.314,4309.913.1+5,484
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school13,7838.88.512,9488.98.8+835
Secondary school10,3646.66.39,0066.26.0+1,358
TAFE2,6641.71.62,6821.81.8-18
University5,2683.44.54,2953.04.0+973
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born33,61221.421.629,47120.320.5+4,141
Speaks language other than English at home20,77413.211.816,27011.29.7+4,504
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all3,2062.01.82,3881.61.4+818
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree20,24716.218.315,84514.015.9+4,402
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,5399.28.79,1128.07.5+2,427
Certificate level28,74123.021.324,94322.019.9+3,798
No qualification47,96338.440.948,52142.745.8-558
Household income--------------
Nill to $64910,62518.417.6--------
$650 to $1,49918,15431.430.4--------
$1,500 to $2,44913,10322.722.3--------
$2,500 or more 9,24316.019.2--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned14,01622.527.413,01122.328.4+1,005
Purchasing18,83230.231.418,26731.332.6+565
Renting22,21235.732.221,80137.332.0+411
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house46,32767.473.643,20366.875.7+3,124
Medium house13,79820.115.713,11720.315.2+681
High density6,1949.07.86,44010.06.5-246

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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