RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionEconomic profile
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Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
NameNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Population summary--------------
Total residents33,444100.0100.031,588100.0100.0+1,856
Males17,12851.249.516,27751.549.7+851
Females16,32248.850.515,31148.550.3+1,011
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years7,38122.119.37,37523.320.4+6
15 - 24 years4,01012.012.23,73511.812.7+275
25 - 54 years12,89838.638.912,35639.140.3+542
55 - 64 Years3,92311.712.63,66511.612.2+258
65 years and over5,23415.717.04,45714.114.4+777
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school3,1839.58.53,1279.98.9+56
Secondary school2,1996.66.31,7965.76.0+403
TAFE4571.41.54861.51.7-29
University4421.33.33621.12.9+80
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born2,3857.117.32,0066.416.7+379
Speaks language other than English at home1,1613.57.97212.36.6+440
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1000.31.1830.30.9+17
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree2,3879.214.02,0278.412.0+360
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,6846.58.31,2405.17.1+444
Certificate level5,69821.923.14,84120.021.5+857
No qualification12,18346.842.413,22954.647.4-1,046
Household income--------------
Nill to $6492,45720.919.4--------
$650 to $1,4993,82732.532.4--------
$1,500 to $2,4492,47121.021.1--------
$2,500 or more 1,66714.115.8--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned3,82629.529.24,11734.130.0-291
Purchasing3,09223.929.13,20426.530.1-112
Renting4,26032.931.43,60829.931.9+652
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house13,54087.473.012,85890.774.1+682
Medium house1,4849.616.07875.615.4+697
High density30.06.800.06.4+3

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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