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Welcome to Cairns Community Profile

The Cairns Estimated Resident Population for 2014 is 158,985, with a population density of 0.94 persons per hectare.

PLEASE NOTE: The information in this site has been adjusted to align with the new de-amalgamated LGA boundary that came into effect on 1st January 2014

The Cairns Regional Council area is located in Far North Queensland, about 1,700 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, and 350 kilometres north of the Townsville CBD.

The Cairns Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

NEWS

Who are the winners and losers in the interstate migration game?

(28/01/2016)

A key component of population change in Australia is interstate migration. What’s interesting about interstate migration is that some long held preconceptions are being challenged by more recent trends. Where are Australians moving to today?

Dispelling myths about Arabic Speakers – The Optus billboard

(3/12/2015)

An Optus advert, written in Arabic, is part of a campaign targeting multicultural groups with a simple message “We can speak to you in your language”. The company removed the billboard in the Sydney suburb of Casula after receiving negative feedback on Facebook following the Paris attacks. Here’s some powerful evidence to help counter this kind of disparaging behaviour.

This community profile is just one of a family of demographic resources available for this area and other areas across Australia. The full suite of resources includes community profiles, population forecasts, social atlases and economic profiles. You can be confident using them for planning, research and advocacy as they are compiled and maintained with the latest data by population experts, .id. Access them online in the Demographic Resource Centre.

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