First release of 2021 census data shows growth – Bundaberg Now
The first release of 2021 census data reveals that people in the Bundaberg region are earning and learning more and the population has grown to just under 100,000.
Released this week, the data shows the regional population now stands at 99,215.
However, Ben Artup, Executive Director of Bundaberg Regional Council, Strategic Projects and Economic Development, said when overnight visitors to the area were added, there were 100,544 people in the area at any given time.
“This represents a population increase of 6.8% since the 2016 census, similar to the Wide Bay Burnett area, but lower than state and national population growth rates of 9.6% and 8, 6% respectively,” Mr. Artup said.
“The region’s population is also aging faster than elsewhere, with the average person in Bundaberg aging two years since 2016, while the average Queenslander has aged just one year.
“The average resident of Bundaberg is now 47, compared to 38 for Queensland.”
Other data released this week from the 2021 census showed an increase in the number of residents attending TAFE of up to 1.5%, but no change in the rate of residents attending university, which remains at 2%. .
Bundaberg’s median household income also fell from $970 to $1,157 between census periods, compared to a state median of $1,675.
The 2021 census also revealed for the first time the number of residents with past or current service in the Australian Defense Force.
“Interestingly, 4.5% of Bundaberg residents have served in the Australian Defense Force compared to 3.8% for Queensland,” Mr Artup said.
“The 2021 census also saw an increase in the number of residents identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI).
“Five percent of residents identified as ATSI, up from four percent in 2016.”
Households in Bundaberg owning their own property fell from 36% to 40%, compared to 29% in Queensland.
“These trends could, however, be partly explained by better data collection in the census, given that there has been a significant drop in the number of residents listing ‘other types of occupation’ or ‘not stated’. as a household occupation.
View the first release of 2021 census data here.