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REIQ Journal : June 2008
34 Industry Research The publication Queensland Characteristics, which was recently released by Premier Anna Bligh and Treasurer Andrew Fraser, paints an up-to-date picture of modern Queensland, based on the findings of the most recent Census. THE STUDY SHOWS that Queensland’s overall population has continued to swell at historic rates of more than 60,000 a year thanks to interstate and overseas migration. The report shows overseas sun seekers continue to flood the state to the point where one in four Gold Coast residents now were born outside of Australia. “The Gold Coast is followed closely by Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, where one in five residents are originally from somewhere else in the world” Ms Bligh said. “The south-east corner is truly the State’s - and indeed one of the nation’s - multicultural hubs and the pattern of overseasborn migrants flocking to the south-east corner is in no doubt due to our enviable lifestyle and robust economy.” The findings also show that Cantonese and Mandarin are now the most commonly spoken languages in South East Queensland, after English. In the rest of the State the majority of non-English speaking homes communicate in Australian Indigenous languages. Mr Fraser said the findings also provided a useful insight into the demographic split between our youngest and oldest population bases. “Our oldest residents reside in the Wide Bay region but, interestingly, our youngest population is located in the State’s north-west where these findings also show 43.5 per cent of them are renting their homes,” Mr Fraser said. “Younger people are flocking to this area to take advantage of the resources REIQ Journal June 2008 boom but they are not buying homes and putting down roots for any length of time. The north-west region also has the State’s highest median income.” When it comes to employment, the vast majority of people in the south-east corner are employed in either retail trade or the health and social sectors. This is consistent throughout most regions of Queensland. Key findings of Queensland Characteristics include: Almost half of Queensland’s entire population (45.2 per cent) resides in Brisbane South East Queensland has a lower proportion of family households and a higher number of single-person households than the rest of the state The north-west area has the highest median individual and family weekly income while Wide Bay has the lowest More than one in five people in the north-west identify themselves as indigenous The median weekly rent in Brisbane was more than three times that of the Central West One in four people on the Gold Coast were born overseas while, in contrast, only one in 25 people in the south-west were born outside of Australia About 30 per cent of Queenslanders own their own homes while 30 per cent rent and the remainder are in the process of purchasing The highest percentage of home ownership (41 per cent) is in the Wide Bay Burnett region The largest number of foreign migrants are from the United Kingdom, followed by New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and China Queensland Characteristics: A Statistical Division Comparison is published by the Queensland Government’s Office of Economic and Statistical Research.