Brisbane Population 2024

Brisbane population 2017

Brisbane is Queensland’s state capital city with population over 2.6 million which ranks 3rd the most populated city in Australia just after Sydney and Melbourne. The population of Brisbane account for 19% of the national population. Brisbane is one of the oldest cities in Australia founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples. The size of Brisbane is 15,826 km².

Based on our research, Brisbane population will reach 2.905 million by the end of June 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) always follow Australian financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 3.00% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Brisbane

Looking back last twelve years of Brisbane’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.32% to 6.67%, adding around 30,000 to 140,000 people each year to the overall population. The reasons contribute to the population growth is fertility rate and interstate migration. Overseas migration also plays a big part in Brisbane’s population growth. Brisbane’s sunshine and other livable conditions also bring people from oversea and interstate.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 1.98 million n/a
2012 2.10 million 6%
2013 2.24 million 6.67%
2014 2.27 million 1.34%
2015 2.30 million 1.32%
2016 2.38 million 3.48%
2017 2.42 million 1.68%
2018 2.48 million 2.48%
2019 2.56 million 3.31%
2020 2.62 million 2.34%
2021 2.69 million 2.67%
2022 2.75 million 2.23%
2023 2.82 million 2.55%


Demography of Brisbane

According to census, the top six countries of birth for people in Brisbane are: Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, India and the Philippines. The top five ancestries for people in Brisbane are: English, Australian, Irish, Scottish and German. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Brisbane are: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian and German.

In Brisbane, 47.1% of people are married, 36.6% have never married and 8.5% are divorced and 3.1% are separated. There are 73834 widowed people living in Brisbane.

Population Density of Brisbane

Queensland’s population density is 145 people per square kilometer, which is ranking 6th most populated city in Australia. Brisbane’s population density is far from being called populated city by world standard.

Position City Population Density
1 Melbourne 453/km2
2 Adelaide 404.205/km2
3 Sydney 400/km2
4 Perth 317.736/km2
5 Canberra 173.3/km²
6 Brisbane 145/km2
7 Hobart 124.8/km2
8 Darwin 44.976/km2


Occupations and Industries

According to census, the main occupations of people living in Brisbane are 22.7% Professionals, 16.3% Clerical & administrative workers, 13.4% Technicians & trades workers, 11.5% Managers, 9.6% Community & personal service workers, 9.5% Sales workers, 9.0% Labourers, 6.2% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.8% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Brisbane work in are 12.5% Health care and social assistance, 10.1% Retail trade, 9.2% Manufacturing, 8.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, 8.2% Construction, 8.1% Education and training, 7.5% Public administration and safety, 6.0% Accommodation and food services, 5.7% Transport, postal and warehousing.

Facts About Brisbane

  1. On Australia’s eastern seaboard, it is the closest capital city to Asia.
  2. Brisbane named Australia’s happiest city by Lonely Planet.
  3. Brisbane is nearly 5 times the size of Japan, 7 times the size of Great Britain and 2.5 times the size of Texas.
  4. Brisbane is one of “World’s most livable Cities”.
  5. Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city.
  6. South Bank was once a coal port, then the site of Expo ’88. Today it is our most popular urban park and home to a beach lagoon the size of five Olympic pools.
  7. Two great cathedrals (St Stephen’s and St John’s) both took over 100 years to complete.
  8. The Story Bridge is a twin of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, Canada!


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