Ipswich population growth tops state
IPSWICH has the fastest growing population in south-east Queensland according to the latest Queensland Treasury population report.
The Population Growth Highlights and Trends report shows that in the 10 years to June 2013, the fastest average annual growth occurred in Ipswich (3.6%), followed by Moreton Bay (3.1%) and Gold Coast (2.7%).
In 2012-13, Somerset had the fastest population growth (3.2%), followed by Lockyer Valley (3.1%) and Ipswich (3%).
In terms of the size of the population increase, the largest growth in 2012-13 was at the Gold Coast, increasing by 11,180 people, followed by Ipswich increasing by 9100 and Logan-Beaudesert by 6870.
In the 10 years to June 2013, Gold Coast also had the largest population growth, increasing by an average of 12,960 people a year, followed by Ipswich at 8110 and the Sunshine Coast at 6950.
The report also confirms Ipswich has the lowest percentage of seniors and the highest percentage of youth.
In south-east Queensland, the proportion of the population aged 0 to 14 years ranged from a high of 23.6% in Ipswich to a low of 17.5% in Brisbane.
The proportion of the population aged 65 years and over through south-east Queensland ranged from a high of 20.8% in Noosa to a low of 10% in Ipswich.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the city's demographics were going through an encouraging change.
"Our average age is 32 and the state average is 36," Cr Pisasale said.
"That means our kids are coming home and are proud to say they live in Ipswich.
"They're getting jobs here."
- Annual growth in past decade - 3.6%
- 2012-13 - 9100 population increase (3%)
- 23.6% aged under 15
- 10% aged 65 and over