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Projected population, by local government area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036

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Projected population (medium series), by local government area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036

Local Government Area (a) At 30 June
2011 (b) 2016 2021 2026 2031 2036
— number —
Aurukun (S) 1,398 1,435 1,461 1,550 1,635 1,716
Balonne (S) 4,862 4,898 4,836 4,800 4,778 4,766
Banana (S) 14,812 15,243 15,519 15,807 16,064 16,290
Barcaldine (R) 3,292 3,338 3,347 3,362 3,378 3,398
Barcoo (S) 363 353 337 325 313 302
Blackall-Tambo (R) 2,257 2,332 2,346 2,371 2,397 2,429
Boulia (S) 493 497 491 484 477 470
Brisbane (C) 1,089,879 1,176,807 1,246,073 1,305,187 1,373,417 1,433,675
Bulloo (S) 418 403 387 372 356 342
Bundaberg (R) 92,063 95,904 100,971 106,641 112,260 117,865
Burdekin (S) 17,775 18,007 18,289 18,651 18,968 19,223
Burke (S) 557 584 625 667 707 745
Cairns (R) 150,992 163,469 177,655 193,970 210,844 227,542
Carpentaria (S) 2,197 2,211 2,227 2,250 2,276 2,303
Cassowary Coast (R) 28,636 28,647 28,472 28,471 28,614 28,868
Central Highlands (R) 29,541 32,153 34,073 35,890 37,630 39,364
Charters Towers (R) 12,434 12,551 12,711 12,857 13,031 13,198
Cherbourg (S) 1,264 1,288 1,319 1,362 1,414 1,466
Cloncurry (S) 3,342 3,379 3,396 3,434 3,486 3,527
Cook (S) 4,409 4,357 4,393 4,421 4,433 4,433
Croydon (S) 327 326 329 338 345 352
Diamantina (S) 292 291 284 277 271 264
Doomadgee (S) 1,374 1,410 1,486 1,568 1,649 1,732
Douglas (S) 11,186 11,911 12,528 13,255 14,020 14,796
Etheridge (S) 929 895 875 871 866 862
Flinders (S) 1,840 1,809 1,756 1,708 1,663 1,624
Fraser Coast (R) 97,661 103,733 110,281 118,650 127,156 134,973
Gladstone (R) 59,461 69,784 78,484 87,764 97,315 106,302
Gold Coast (C) 515,202 562,651 621,751 698,404 781,110 866,634
Goondiwindi (R) 10,900 11,062 11,137 11,243 11,356 11,474
Gympie (R) 46,837 49,486 51,897 54,758 57,632 60,570
Hinchinbrook (S) 11,817 11,419 11,001 10,569 10,108 9,636
Hope Vale (S) 1,052 1,195 1,287 1,382 1,471 1,560
Ipswich (C) 172,200 196,179 235,035 306,132 389,775 484,716
Isaac (R) 23,188 24,915 26,370 28,171 30,080 31,933
Kowanyama (S) 1,112 1,135 1,172 1,210 1,248 1,286
Livingstone (S) 33,394 37,954 41,427 45,994 51,142 57,042
Lockhart River (S) 520 563 628 698 770 841
Lockyer Valley (R) 35,880 39,811 43,835 48,218 52,732 57,225
Logan (C) 287,474 311,911 341,344 384,454 429,909 490,522
Longreach (R) 4,296 4,173 4,056 3,953 3,853 3,762
Mackay (R) 115,960 126,370 135,312 146,269 158,464 171,313
Mapoon (S) 281 312 319 327 333 338
Maranoa (R) 13,437 14,099 14,580 15,102 15,632 16,162
Mareeba (S) 20,745 21,859 23,013 24,412 25,856 27,301
McKinlay (S) 1,085 1,109 1,116 1,124 1,130 1,136
Moreton Bay (R) 390,051 431,978 477,281 529,057 576,410 618,394
Mornington (S) 1,220 1,266 1,352 1,438 1,519 1,600
Mount Isa (C) 22,079 22,895 23,757 24,658 25,525 26,369
Murweh (S) 4,731 4,635 4,545 4,470 4,399 4,338
Napranum (S) 908 993 1,017 1,040 1,060 1,078
Noosa (S) 51,038 53,630 55,558 58,154 60,147 61,940
North Burnett (R) 10,374 10,160 9,998 9,915 9,825 9,726
Northern Peninsula Area (R) 2,463 2,760 2,948 3,134 3,306 3,466
Palm Island (S) 2,538 2,668 2,794 2,927 3,057 3,184
Paroo (S) 1,937 1,841 1,753 1,675 1,603 1,538
Pormpuraaw (S) 715 730 770 813 855 896
Quilpie (S) 1,007 966 925 888 852 818
Redland (C) 143,711 151,674 162,017 172,673 180,615 184,683
Richmond (S) 847 812 772 740 713 690
Rockhampton (R) 78,939 85,701 90,013 94,647 99,321 104,100
Scenic Rim (R) 37,437 41,014 45,813 51,205 57,662 63,396
Somerset (R) 22,200 25,120 27,582 30,303 33,113 35,915
South Burnett (R) 31,803 33,290 34,804 36,597 38,409 40,198
Southern Downs (R) 34,649 36,038 37,257 38,490 39,721 40,924
Sunshine Coast (R) 267,241 293,691 327,352 366,932 409,596 452,987
Tablelands (R) 24,372 25,319 26,199 27,322 28,496 29,667
Toowoomba (R) 155,473 165,168 173,969 184,311 194,784 205,025
Torres (S) 3,477 3,679 3,787 3,911 4,040 4,176
Torres Strait Island (R) 4,578 4,628 4,678 4,737 4,795 4,858
Townsville (C) 180,114 199,358 219,643 241,872 265,015 288,593
Weipa (T) 3,423 3,951 4,294 4,562 4,918 5,250
Western Downs (R) 32,365 34,253 35,740 37,309 38,857 40,349
Whitsunday (R) 32,416 35,213 37,923 40,869 43,692 46,652
Winton (S) 1,380 1,359 1,314 1,276 1,240 1,209
Woorabinda (S) 976 1,020 1,043 1,074 1,108 1,146
Wujal Wujal (S) 287 295 302 309 315 320
Yarrabah (S) 2,595 2,725 2,858 3,031 3,210 3,390
Queensland 4,476,778 4,853,048 5,250,292 5,730,062 6,240,546 6,763,153
(C) City     (R) Regional Council     (S) Shire     (T) Town
(a) Boundaries are based on 2014 Queensland local government areas.
(b) Estimated resident population (ERP).
Source: Queensland Government population projections, 2015 edition; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional population growth, Australia, 2013-14, (Cat no. 3218.0).

Projected population (low series), by local government area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036

Local Government Area (a) At 30 June
2011 (b) 2016 2021 2026 2031 2036
— number —
Aurukun (S) 1,398 1,430 1,443 1,478 1,510 1,533
Balonne (S) 4,862 4,893 4,721 4,638 4,576 4,541
Banana (S) 14,812 15,224 15,434 15,647 15,834 15,994
Barcaldine (R) 3,292 3,333 3,337 3,343 3,349 3,355
Barcoo (S) 363 352 328 307 288 271
Blackall Tambo (R) 2,257 2,323 2,330 2,340 2,350 2,359
Boulia (S) 493 497 487 476 465 453
Brisbane (C) 1,089,879 1,173,651 1,227,866 1,272,649 1,323,378 1,366,457
Bulloo (S) 418 401 377 352 327 303
Bundaberg (R) 92,063 95,489 98,694 102,286 105,687 108,850
Burdekin (S) 17,775 17,952 18,048 18,203 18,307 18,323
Burke (S) 557 580 599 616 631 642
Cairns (R) 150,992 162,829 173,543 185,455 197,439 208,860
Carpentaria (S) 2,197 2,207 2,210 2,216 2,224 2,231
Cassowary Coast (R) 28,636 28,630 28,396 28,363 28,443 28,570
Central Highlands (R) 29,541 32,039 33,493 34,832 36,090 37,314
Charters Towers (R) 12,434 12,532 12,648 12,751 12,871 12,983
Cherbourg (S) 1,264 1,285 1,305 1,332 1,364 1,393
Cloncurry (S) 3,342 3,375 3,383 3,398 3,418 3,430
Cook (S) 4,409 4,320 4,300 4,273 4,234 4,183
Croydon (S) 327 326 327 331 334 336
Diamantina (S) 292 291 280 270 259 248
Doomadgee (S) 1,374 1,405 1,440 1,473 1,503 1,527
Douglas (S) 11,186 11,874 12,339 12,868 13,411 13,941
Etheridge (S) 929 891 861 850 839 828
Flinders (S) 1,840 1,804 1,722 1,646 1,573 1,507
Fraser Coast (R) 97,661 103,080 107,121 112,399 117,533 121,944
Gladstone (R) 59,461 69,336 75,947 82,812 89,739 96,111
Gold Coast (C) 515,202 560,134 605,303 663,559 725,489 788,314
Goondiwindi (R) 10,900 11,025 10,995 10,974 10,957 10,949
Gympie (R) 46,837 49,201 50,726 52,539 54,278 55,936
Hinchinbrook (S) 11,817 11,388 10,855 10,294 9,690 9,063
Hope Vale (S) 1,052 1,178 1,221 1,258 1,291 1,316
Ipswich (C) 172,200 195,302 225,684 280,051 342,796 413,102
Isaac (R) 23,188 24,795 25,785 27,013 28,304 29,530
Kowanyama (S) 1,112 1,133 1,150 1,165 1,179 1,190
Livingstone (S) 33,394 37,757 40,395 43,774 47,507 51,691
Lockhart River (S) 520 558 588 616 642 662
Lockyer Valley (R) 35,880 39,651 42,752 46,087 49,394 52,602
Logan (C) 287,474 311,006 334,060 367,010 401,054 445,465
Longreach (R) 4,296 4,160 3,965 3,798 3,635 3,480
Mackay (R) 115,960 125,591 131,604 138,966 147,071 155,467
Mapoon (S) 281 308 312 315 317 319
Maranoa (R) 13,437 14,021 14,250 14,442 14,607 14,732
Mareeba (S) 20,745 21,785 22,605 23,562 24,522 25,435
McKinlay (S) 1,085 1,104 1,091 1,079 1,066 1,054
Moreton Bay (R) 390,051 430,453 465,959 505,588 541,144 572,159
Mornington (S) 1,220 1,260 1,300 1,334 1,364 1,388
Mount Isa (C) 22,079 22,807 23,209 23,570 23,888 24,135
Murweh (S) 4,731 4,624 4,456 4,323 4,205 4,098
Napranum (S) 908 984 995 1,004 1,011 1,016
Noosa (S) 51,038 53,470 54,975 56,970 58,481 59,814
North Burnett (R) 10,374 10,125 9,891 9,767 9,642 9,499
Northern Peninsula Area (R) 2,463 2,727 2,814 2,889 2,952 2,999
Palm Island (S) 2,538 2,658 2,749 2,843 2,933 3,018
Paroo (S) 1,937 1,831 1,695 1,571 1,453 1,341
Pormpuraaw (S) 715 728 747 764 779 792
Quilpie (S) 1,007 961 899 839 780 723
Redland (C) 143,711 151,385 159,492 167,648 173,611 176,489
Richmond (S) 847 808 747 696 652 612
Rockhampton (R) 78,939 85,402 88,675 92,086 95,471 98,820
Scenic Rim (R) 37,437 40,865 44,616 48,743 53,590 57,838
Somerset (R) 22,200 25,014 26,944 29,027 31,136 33,212
South Burnett (R) 31,803 33,128 34,081 35,211 36,300 37,302
Southern Downs (R) 34,649 35,873 36,455 36,908 37,292 37,575
Sunshine Coast (R) 267,241 292,141 318,463 348,879 381,146 413,272
Tablelands (R) 24,372 25,270 25,935 26,755 27,589 28,389
Toowoomba (R) 155,473 164,615 170,805 177,798 184,582 190,816
Torres (S) 3,477 3,657 3,707 3,757 3,804 3,844
Torres Strait Island (R) 4,578 4,623 4,646 4,670 4,691 4,709
Townsville (C) 180,114 197,830 212,482 228,049 243,892 259,611
Weipa (T) 3,423 3,892 4,052 4,159 4,290 4,387
Western Downs (R) 32,365 34,029 34,622 35,164 35,620 35,970
Whitsunday (R) 32,416 34,996 36,758 38,709 40,576 42,499
Winton (S) 1,380 1,356 1,287 1,226 1,168 1,114
Woorabinda (S) 976 1,018 1,036 1,059 1,083 1,110
Wujal Wujal (S) 287 294 298 300 303 304
Yarrabah (S) 2,595 2,718 2,819 2,945 3,072 3,196
Queensland 4,476,778 4,833,988 5,133,928 5,489,355 5,860,271 6,230,844
(C) City     (R) Regional Council     (S) Shire     (T) Town
(a) Boundaries are based on 2014 Queensland local government areas.
(b) Estimated resident population (ERP).
Source: Queensland Government population projections, 2015 edition; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional population growth, Australia, 2013-14, (Cat no. 3218.0).

Projected population (high series), by local government area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036

Local Government Area (a) At 30 June
2011 (b) 2016 2021 2026 2031 2036
— number —
Aurukun (S) 1,398 1,439 1,480 1,624 1,766 1,911
Balonne (S) 4,862 4,902 4,953 4,966 4,985 4,998
Banana (S) 14,812 15,262 15,605 15,970 16,302 16,598
Barcaldine (R) 3,292 3,343 3,357 3,382 3,409 3,443
Barcoo (S) 363 354 347 342 338 336
Blackall Tambo (R) 2,257 2,340 2,363 2,403 2,447 2,503
Boulia (S) 493 498 495 492 490 489
Brisbane (C) 1,089,879 1,179,949 1,264,616 1,338,730 1,425,531 1,504,159
Bulloo (S) 418 405 397 392 387 383
Bundaberg (R) 92,063 96,319 103,281 111,104 119,050 127,240
Burdekin (S) 17,775 18,062 18,533 19,110 19,651 20,156
Burke (S) 557 588 651 719 786 854
Cairns (R) 150,992 164,108 181,839 202,741 224,774 247,081
Carpentaria (S) 2,197 2,214 2,245 2,285 2,331 2,378
Cassowary Coast (R) 28,636 28,664 28,551 28,580 28,792 29,180
Central Highlands (R) 29,541 32,267 34,660 36,971 39,219 41,494
Charters Towers (R) 12,434 12,569 12,774 12,965 13,195 13,421
Cherbourg (S) 1,264 1,291 1,334 1,393 1,467 1,542
Cloncurry (S) 3,342 3,383 3,408 3,470 3,557 3,630
Cook (S) 4,409 4,395 4,487 4,573 4,638 4,695
Croydon (S) 327 326 331 345 358 370
Diamantina (S) 292 291 288 286 283 282
Doomadgee (S) 1,374 1,415 1,533 1,666 1,802 1,949
Douglas (S) 11,186 11,949 12,722 13,653 14,653 15,691
Etheridge (S) 929 899 890 892 894 897
Flinders (S) 1,840 1,814 1,789 1,772 1,757 1,748
Fraser Coast (R) 97,661 104,388 113,486 125,059 137,102 148,522
Gladstone (R) 59,461 70,231 81,055 92,834 105,140 116,903
Gold Coast (C) 515,202 565,158 638,525 734,481 839,311 949,269
Goondiwindi (R) 10,900 11,098 11,282 11,517 11,768 12,018
Gympie (R) 46,837 49,772 53,083 57,032 61,096 65,388
Hinchinbrook (S) 11,817 11,450 11,149 10,850 10,538 10,230
Hope Vale (S) 1,052 1,211 1,355 1,508 1,659 1,816
Ipswich (C) 172,200 197,052 244,580 333,189 439,006 560,293
Isaac (R) 23,188 25,036 26,961 29,357 31,912 34,428
Kowanyama (S) 1,112 1,138 1,194 1,257 1,321 1,388
Livingstone (S) 33,394 38,152 42,472 48,269 54,902 62,625
Lockhart River (S) 520 568 669 784 904 1,029
Lockyer Valley (R) 35,880 39,971 44,938 50,416 56,207 62,067
Logan (C) 287,474 312,812 348,773 402,518 460,081 538,020
Longreach (R) 4,296 4,187 4,149 4,112 4,080 4,059
Mackay (R) 115,960 127,150 139,076 153,757 170,237 187,783
Mapoon (S) 281 315 327 339 349 359
Maranoa (R) 13,437 14,178 14,914 15,777 16,690 17,648
Mareeba (S) 20,745 21,933 23,429 25,288 27,244 29,259
McKinlay (S) 1,085 1,115 1,142 1,171 1,197 1,221
Moreton Bay (R) 390,051 433,497 488,824 553,315 613,186 666,900
Mornington (S) 1,220 1,272 1,405 1,544 1,681 1,823
Mount Isa (C) 22,079 22,982 24,315 25,782 27,233 28,726
Murweh (S) 4,731 4,646 4,635 4,621 4,600 4,588
Napranum (S) 908 1,003 1,040 1,077 1,110 1,142
Noosa (S) 51,038 53,790 56,151 59,373 61,875 64,158
North Burnett (R) 10,374 10,195 10,107 10,066 10,014 9,960
Northern Peninsula Area (R) 2,463 2,793 3,083 3,386 3,675 3,958
Palm Island (S) 2,538 2,678 2,839 3,013 3,186 3,356
Paroo (S) 1,937 1,852 1,812 1,783 1,760 1,744
Pormpuraaw (S) 715 732 794 863 933 1,007
Quilpie (S) 1,007 970 952 938 926 919
Redland (C) 143,711 151,961 164,594 177,866 187,907 193,248
Richmond (S) 847 816 798 786 777 772
Rockhampton (R) 78,939 86,001 91,368 97,267 103,294 109,591
Scenic Rim (R) 37,437 41,161 47,033 53,751 61,916 69,239
Somerset (R) 22,200 25,225 28,232 31,622 35,174 38,752
South Burnett (R) 31,803 33,452 35,538 38,018 40,587 43,209
Southern Downs (R) 34,649 36,203 38,070 40,111 42,228 44,406
Sunshine Coast (R) 267,241 295,240 336,396 385,534 439,175 494,561
Tablelands (R) 24,372 25,367 26,467 27,907 29,440 31,003
Toowoomba (R) 155,473 165,721 177,186 191,011 205,366 219,854
Torres (S) 3,477 3,702 3,869 4,071 4,286 4,527
Torres Strait Island (R) 4,578 4,634 4,710 4,807 4,905 5,015
Townsville (C) 180,114 200,889 226,901 256,023 286,814 318,690
Weipa (T) 3,423 4,010 4,540 4,977 5,572 6,160
Western Downs (R) 32,365 34,477 36,875 39,504 42,197 44,897
Whitsunday (R) 32,416 35,431 39,102 43,079 46,905 50,956
Winton (S) 1,380 1,362 1,342 1,327 1,316 1,308
Woorabinda (S) 976 1,022 1,051 1,090 1,133 1,183
Wujal Wujal (S) 287 296 307 318 328 337
Yarrabah (S) 2,595 2,732 2,898 3,119 3,354 3,594
Queensland 4,476,778 4,872,070 5,368,717 5,978,293 6,636,457 7,321,340
(C) City     (R) Regional Council     (S) Shire     (T) Town
(a) Boundaries are based on 2014 Queensland local government areas.
(b) Estimated resident population (ERP).
Source: Queensland Government population projections, 2015 edition; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional population growth, Australia, 2013-14, (Cat no. 3218.0).
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