What is shaping population growth in regional Queensland?
Regional Queensland’s growth in family age groups is outpacing the rest of regional Australia and is predominantly driven by Queensland’s major regional cities.
Our population forecasting team recently delivered the Regional Queensland Population Insights Workshop to over 25 councils from across the sunshine state.
The team shared key insights from the 2021 Census and how wider population and housing trends are affecting regional Queensland’s future population outcomes.
What are the key insights?
Growth in family age groups is outpacing the rest of regional Australia and is predominantly driven by Queensland’s major regional cities.
While coastal and rural areas continue to attract larger numbers of empty nesters, resulting in couples without children overtaking couples with children as the number one household type.
How will this affect the likely future population?
These underlying demographic shifts are occurring in the backdrop of increased demand for regional living, presenting challenges and opportunities in many Queensland regional communities, including:
- Very strong growth in families (and young adults) will demand quality services, education and jobs
- Ageing in place means even more focus on services and infrastructure for an even older population
- Quality housing choice Households are diversifying (Couples without children are now dominant, lone person catching up)
- Housing in the right locations to balance increased regional demand
- Protecting the natural environment. as key asset that is most valued by regional Queensland residents.
Would you like to discover more about the future population of your local area?
We are providing tailored Population Insights workshops for individual councils. Please reach out if you would like a session for your council.