Cairns

Individual income quartiles

In Cairns, the 'medium highest' income quartile was the largest group in 2011, comprising 28% of people aged 15 and over.

Cairns's income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Qualifications and Occupation, they help tell the story of the area's economic opportunities and socio-economic status. Individual income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the income profile of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Individual Income quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'

Gross amount for persons aged 15 years and over

Individual income quartiles
Cairns - Total persons20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Lowest group24,81323.125.420,15521.425.6+4,657
Medium lowest27,07525.227.022,49823.826.6+4,576
Medium highest30,21628.124.926,88928.525.0+3,328
Highest group25,52323.722.824,80226.322.8+721

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Individual income - quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Queensland - Total persons Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2011
2006
2001
1996
1991
Lowest group $0 to $281 $0 to $221 $0 to $182 $0 to $148 $0 to $123
Medium lowest $282 to $584 $222 to $474 $183 to $359 $149 to $285 $124 to $252
Medium highest $585 to $1,075 $475 to $850 $360 to $640 $286 to $524 $253 to $451
Highest group $1,076 and over $851 and over $641 and over $525 and over $452 and over

Individual income quartiles, 2011
Individual income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Regional QLD: 22.8% Medium highest, Regional QLD: 24.9% Medium lowest, Regional QLD: 27.0% Lowest group, Regional QLD: 25.4% Highest group, Cairns: 23.7% Medium highest, Cairns: 28.1% Medium lowest, Cairns: 25.2% Lowest group, Cairns: 23.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, Cairns: +721 Medium highest, Cairns: +3,328 Medium lowest, Cairns: +4,576 Lowest group, Cairns: +4,657
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the population by income quartile in Cairns compared to Regional QLD shows that there was greater proportion of persons in the highest income quartile and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Cairns in persons between 2006 and 2011 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 4,657 persons.

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