Population of Queensland 2024

Queensland population

Queensland also known as QLD is the third most populated state in Australia. The state’s capital city is Brisbane. Brisbane has an estimated population of around over 2 million people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People account for 3.6 percent of Queensland’s population. Queensland is Australia’s second largest state (behind Western Australia) with a total area of 1,730,648 km². Queensland also has Australia’s second longest border (behind New South Wales) with a total length of 3339 km.

Based on our research Queensland population will reach 5.387 million by the end of June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics always follow Australia financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.45% 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 Queensland

Looking back last twelve years of Queensland’s population, the growth rate is very consistent ranging from 0.64% to 2.85%, adding around 30,000 to 130,000 people each year to the overall population. The reason behind the population growth is fertility rate and interstate migration. Overseas migration also plays a big part in Queensland’s population growth. Of all the states, Queensland’s population growth is above national average.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 4.47 million n/a
2012 4.56 million 2.01%
2013 4.69 million 2.85%
2014 4.72 million 0.64%
2015 4.78 million 1.27%
2016 4.82 million 0.84%
2017 4.90 million 1.66%
2018 4.97 million 1.43%
2019 5.046 million 1.53%
2020 5.11 million 1.27%
2021 5.18 million 1.37%
2022 5.24 million 1.16%
2023 5.31 million 1.34%


Demography of Queensland

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

The religious makeup of Queensland is: 23.8% Catholic, 22.1% No religion, 18.9% Anglican, 9.1% Religious affiliation not stated, 6.4% Uniting Church, 3.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.8% Christian, 2.0% Baptist, 1.8% Lutheran, 1.5% Buddhism.

Population Density of Queensland

Queensland’s population density is 2.50 people per squre kilometer, which is ranking 5th most populated state in Australia. QLD’s population density is far from being called populated state by world standard.

Position State Population Density
1 Australian Capital Territory 151.49
2 Victoria 23.54
3 New South Wales 8.64
4 Tasmania 7.24
5 Queensland 2.50
6 South Australia 1.62
7 Western Australia 0.89
8 Northern Territory 0.16


Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in Queensland are 18.9% Professionals, 14.9% Technicians & trades workers, 14.7% Clerical & administrative workers, 12.0% Managers, 10.6% Labourers, 10.0% Community & personal service workers, 9.8% Sales workers, 7.3% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.8% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Queensland work in are 11.9% Health care and social assistance, 10.7% Retail trade, 9.0% Construction, 8.4% Manufacturing, 7.9% Education and training, 7.0% Accommodation and food services, 6.7% Public administration and safety, 6.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, 5.3% Transport, postal and warehousing.

Facts About Queensland

  1. Queensland has five of Australia’s eleven World Natural Heritage areas. These include the Scenic Rim National Parks, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the Wet Tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef.
  2. The vast majority of Queensland receives an average of between eight and nine hours of sunshine every day.
  3. The first Labor government in the world took office in Queensland in 1899.
  4. Free education was implemented in Queensland in 1870.
  5. XXXX beer is one of Queensland’s well-known products and was established back in 1877.
  6. Queensland has Australia’s biggest theme parks with four located on the Gold Coast: Sea World, Movie World. Wet’n’Wild Water World and Dreamworld.
  7. Four Australian Prime Ministers came from Queensland: Andrew Fisher, Arthur Fadden, Francis Forde and Kevin Rudd.
  8. Queensland is often referred to as the ‘Sunshine State’ and its people are sometimes affectionately known as ‘banana benders’


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