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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.


Australia's population - still growing, in different places!


Every year we get an update on population growth at the local level. The ABS updates national and state populations every quarter, but local areas only once a year. In 2014, there are a few interesting trends at the regional level.

Nine things we wouldn't know without a Census


I believe one of the great benefits of Census data is what it tells us about communities and how they're changing. Apart from the loss of small area data as highlighted in earlier blogs, there are many other pieces of information that we wouldn’t know if the Census wasn’t held.

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.