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

Market characteristics

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region has a higher 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
Toowoomba Regional Council area20162011Change
NameNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Population summary--------------
Total residents160,779100.0100.0151,188100.0100.0+9,591
Males78,16648.649.573,55648.749.7+4,610
Females82,60751.450.577,63251.350.3+4,975
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years32,59720.319.332,49621.520.4+101
15 - 24 years20,84313.012.220,38913.512.7+454
25 - 54 years59,30136.938.957,16237.840.3+2,139
55 - 64 Years19,49012.112.617,67711.712.2+1,813
65 years and over28,55917.817.023,46415.514.4+5,095
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school14,4809.08.514,3579.58.9+123
Secondary school11,2287.06.310,4056.96.0+823
TAFE2,6461.61.52,6091.71.7+37
University6,1623.83.35,5013.62.9+661
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born18,77211.717.315,75310.416.7+3,019
Speaks language other than English at home10,4156.57.96,9324.66.6+3,483
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,5561.01.11,1810.80.9+375
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree20,62916.114.016,47313.912.0+4,156
Advanced Diploma or Diploma10,2238.08.38,3477.07.1+1,876
Certificate level28,22722.023.123,51919.821.5+4,708
No qualification55,28243.142.458,35349.247.4-3,071
Household income--------------
Nill to $64911,25919.119.4--------
$650 to $1,49919,65233.432.4--------
$1,500 to $2,44913,00722.121.1--------
$2,500 or more 9,22915.715.8--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned19,01430.729.218,44532.230.0+569
Purchasing18,95530.629.118,38932.130.1+566
Renting18,58130.031.417,06229.731.9+1,519
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house55,61281.473.053,21384.474.1+2,399
Medium house11,41316.716.08,77513.915.4+2,638
High density1940.36.84120.76.4-218

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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