Population and household characteristics Growth highlights

Statistics related to population change and the components of population change for Queensland and its sub-state regions.

In 2020–21 an extra 45,930 people called Queensland home, with gains through net interstate migration and natural increase offsetting a loss through overseas migration (–14,370 people)
Queensland was home to 1 in 5 Australians (20.3%), up from 18.5% 20 years earlier Graphic showing one maroon person icon and four gold person icons (depicting 1 in 5 people)
The population aged 65 years and over has grown on average more than three times faster than the rest of the population over the last 10 years
Queensland’s population growth rate was the fastest in Australia in 2020–21

Note – Highlighted data refers to the year to 30 June 2021 unless otherwise specified.

Statistics in this release are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Australian Government closure of the international border from 20 March 2020


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