Rockhampton Population 2022

Rockhampton population

Rockhampton is a city of Central Queensland located 636 kilometers North West of Brisbane. Rockhampton has population over 81,000. The city is fourth largest regional city in the state outside of the cities of South East Queensland. Also Rockhampton is Australia’s 22nd most populated city, accounting 0.33% of national population.

Based on our research, Rockhampton population will reach 83,080 by the end of June 2022. 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 0.48% over last 10 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 Rockhampton

Looking back last ten years of Rockhampton’ s population, the growth rate is not very consistent ranging from 2.13% to -0.87%. In 2012 and 2013, the city recorded the highest growth rate adding 1,678 and 1,237 people to the overall population respectively. In last two years, the population has dropped. The reasons contribute to the population drop could be related the employment opportunities in Rockhampton.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 78,939  n/a
2012 80,617  2.13%
2013 81,854  1.53%
2014 82,342 0.60%
2015 82,301 -0.05%
2016 81,589 -0.87%
2017 81,500 -0.11%
2018 81,839 0.42%
2019 82,266 0.52%
2020 82,730 0.15%
2021 82,980 0.30%


Demographics of Rockhampton

According to census, 78.3% of people living in Rockhampton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 2.0% New Zealand, 1.3% England, 0.7% Korea, Republic of , 0.6% Philippines, 0.5% India, 0.5% Sri Lanka, 0.4% Fiji, 0.3% China , 0.3% Papua New Guinea, 0.3% Bangladesh, 0.3% United States of America, 0.2% El Salvador, 0.2% Samoa, 0.2% Iran.

The religious makeup of Rockhampton is 23.1% Catholic, 21.5% No religion, 16.8% Anglican, 14.7% Religious affiliation not stated, 6.8% Uniting Church, 4.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.6% Baptist, 1.8% Christian, 1.0% Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1.0% Hinduism.


Population Density of Rockhampton

Rockhampton population density is 139 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 Rockhampton are 20.8% Labourers, 15.6% Technicians & trades workers, 12.9% Managers, 12.5% Community & personal service workers, 10.7% Professionals, 9.8% Clerical & administrative workers, 9.4% Machinery operators & drivers, 7.4% Sales workers, 0.9% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Rockhampton work in are 15.9% Accommodation and food services, 13.5% Health care and social assistance, 10.3% Manufacturing, 10.0% Retail trade, 6.6% Transport, postal and warehousing, 6.2% Other services, 6.1% Public administration and safety, 5.9% Construction, 3.8% Education and training.


Facts About Rockhampton

  1. Rockhampton experiences a humid subtropical climate. The city has over 300 days of sunshine each year.
  2. The size of Rockhampton is 580 km2.
  3. Rockhampton is the unofficial capital of Central Queensland. It is 8 metres above sea-level and just a few kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
  4. The median/average age of the people in Rockhampton City is 38 years of age.
  5. The tri-annual Beef Australia Expo is held every third May at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
  6. The Capricorn district is the traditional home of the Darumbal Aboriginal people.
  7. The City of Rockhampton was proclaimed in 1902.
  8. Postcodes for Rockhampton are: 4700, 4701 and 4702.


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