RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionEconomic profile
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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Market characteristics

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region has a lower proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to Regional QLD.

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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
Southern Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
NameNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Population summary--------------
Total residents35,110100.0100.033,884100.0100.0+1,226
Males17,28549.249.516,59949.049.7+686
Females17,83150.850.517,28551.050.3+546
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years6,61118.819.36,99620.620.4-385
15 - 24 years3,84110.912.23,77511.112.7+66
25 - 54 years11,39732.438.911,70934.640.3-312
55 - 64 Years5,18314.812.64,95014.612.2+233
65 years and over8,08523.017.06,45419.014.4+1,631
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school3,0148.68.53,1189.28.9-104
Secondary school2,3956.86.32,2056.56.0+190
TAFE4521.31.55771.71.7-125
University4931.43.34621.42.9+31
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born3,63810.417.33,3449.916.7+294
Speaks language other than English at home1,5264.37.91,4434.36.6+83
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2770.81.12660.80.9+11
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree2,90310.214.02,4529.112.0+451
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,9656.98.31,5175.67.1+448
Certificate level6,25021.923.15,22319.421.5+1,027
No qualification14,12149.542.414,87455.347.4-753
Household income--------------
Nill to $6493,43125.119.4--------
$650 to $1,4995,28838.832.4--------
$1,500 to $2,4492,39517.621.1--------
$2,500 or more 1,0717.815.8--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned5,36537.629.25,14738.630.0+218
Purchasing3,83126.829.13,76828.230.1+63
Renting3,84626.931.43,66327.431.9+183
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house14,48788.773.014,15791.074.1+330
Medium house1,3308.116.01,0907.015.4+240
High density30.06.8150.16.4-12

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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