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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 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Key statistics of local residents
Cairns20112006Change
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
Population summary--------------
Total residents145,335100.0100.0127,436100.0100.0+17,899
Males71,99149.549.663,65650.049.6+8,335
Females73,34450.550.463,78050.050.4+9,564
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years31,81221.920.228,06322.020.7+3,749
15 - 24 years18,30412.613.616,52413.013.8+1,780
25 - 54 years64,40744.341.558,54645.942.0+5,861
55 - 64 Years16,41811.311.612,96510.211.2+3,453
65 years and over14,3949.913.111,3268.912.4+3,068
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school12,9478.98.811,5199.08.9+1,428
Secondary school9,0196.26.07,5585.96.1+1,461
TAFE2,6821.81.82,0611.61.7+621
University4,2993.04.03,3202.63.5+979
Overseas born--------------
Total overseas born29,49020.320.523,10118.117.9+6,389
Non-English speaking backgrounds15,59710.79.511,6889.27.8+3,909
Speaks another language and English well or very well13,8939.611.011,4139.010.0+2,480
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree15,84414.015.911,67011.713.1+4,174
Certificate level24,94122.019.919,97920.117.9+4,962
No qualification48,51942.745.845,19145.549.6+3,328
Household income--------------
Nil to $59911,32820.520.4--------
$600 to $1,24914,49226.324.7--------
$1,250 to $1,999 10,87019.719.0--------
$2,000 or more 11,28620.524.6--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned13,02322.328.412,07022.930.4+953
Purchasing18,26531.332.615,84130.031.4+2,424
Renting21,77837.332.018,30134.730.0+3,477
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house43,19966.875.738,29266.275.4+4,907
Medium house13,11420.315.212,67121.915.0+443
High density6,44710.06.54,9238.56.8+1,524

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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