Mackay Population 2024

Mackay population

Mackay is a city of Queensland located 970 kilometres north of Brisbane, which is eastern coast of Queensland. Mackay has population over 130,000. Mackay is known as the sugar capital of Australia as its region produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar.

Based on our research, Mackay population will reach 138,918 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 1.62% 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 Mackay

Looking back last twelve years of Mackay’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 0.31% to 5.64%, adding around 384 to 6,364 people each year to the overall population. The reasons contribute to the population growth is that sugar and mining industry is consistently strong over the years. Sugar and mining industry creates a lot of job opportunities in Mackay.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 112,798 n/a
2012 119,162 5.64%
2013 121,768 2.2%
2014 123,335 1.28%
2015 123,724 0.31%
2016 124,108 0.31%
2017 125,515 1.13%
2018 127,190 1.33%
2019 129,409 1.74%
2020 131,640 1.74%
2021 133,102 1.11%
2022 135,200 1.58%
2023 136,700 1.11%


Demographics of Mackay

According to census, Over 64 percent of people living in Mackay City were born in Australia. The other top countries of birth are: Philippines, New Zealand, England, India, China and South Africa. Over 72 percent of people living in Mackay speak English only. The other top languages spoken are: Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese, Filipino, and Italian.

The religious groups Makcay consist of: 28.5% Catholic, 20.8% No religion, 14.5% Religious affiliation not stated, 12.2% Anglican, 6.2% Uniting Church, 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.9% Pentecostal, 1.7% Hinduism, 1.5% Christian, 1.4% Baptist.

Population Density of Mackay

Mackay population density is 410 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most populated city in Queensland.

Occupations and Industries 

According to census, the main occupations of people living in Mackay are 21.1% Technicians & trades workers, 15.9% Professionals, 15.1% Labourers, 11.8% Machinery operators & drivers, 9.9% Clerical & administrative workers, 8.6% Managers, 8.1% Sales workers, 8.0% Community & personal service workers, 1.6% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Mackay work in are 11.0% Manufacturing, 10.8% Accommodation and food services, 10.6% Retail trade, 9.7% Construction, 8.8% Health care and social assistance, 7.5% Mining, 6.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, 5.9% Transport, postal and warehousing, 4.6% Public administration and safety.


Facts About Mackay

  1. The city was named after John Mackay. In 1860, he was the leader of an expedition into the Pioneer Valley.
  2. Mackay has the single largest coal reserve in Australia, with 34 operational coal mines extracting more than 100 million tonnes annually.
  3. Located just 340 kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Mackay experiences hot summers and mild, sunny winters.
  4. One of Queensland’s most accessible regional destinations by air, road or rail.
  5. Mackay’s nearby vicinity to the Great Barrier Reef and a portion of the world’s most prized rain-forests. But its tourism industry is still relatively small.
  6. The city has the character of a modern city with a history. There are more than 250 shops and administrations in the city, including banks, retail chains and inns.
  7. The size of Mackay is 208.2 km2.
  8. Mackay population is comprised of approximately 45.4% females and 54.6% males and the average age is 34 years of age.


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