Townsville Population 2024

townsville population

Townsville is a city located on the north-eastern coast of Queensland. Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a population over 200,000. Townsville is famous for an average of 320 days of sunshine per year and adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef.

Based on our research, Townsville population will reach 205,671 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 1.58% 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 Townsville

Looking back last twelve years of Townsville’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.14% to 2.37%, adding around 2,220 to 3,977 people each year to the overall population. The reasons contribute to the population growth is that tourism is consistently strong over the years. Tourism creates a lot of job opportunities in Cairns. On the other hand, beautiful weather also attract retirees and young people living here.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 167,847 n/a
2012 171,824 2.36%
2013 175,202 1.96%
2014 177,422 1.27%
2015 180,333 1.64%
2016 184,101 2.09%
2017 187,025 1.59%
2018 189,429 1.29%
2019 192,730 1.74%
2020 195,430 1.40%
2021 197,840 1.23%
2022 200,190 1.19%
2023 2002,480 1.14%


Demographics of Townsville

According to census, Over 60 percent of people living in Townsville City were born in Australia. The other top countries of birth are: New Zealand, England, Philippines, Scotland, United States of America, India and South Africa. Over 75 percent of people living in Townsville City speak English only. The other top languages spoken are: Greek, Cantonese, Spanish, Arabic, Filipino, and Italian.

The religious groups Townsville consist of: 26.2% Catholic, 24.4% No religion, 14.2% Anglican, 3.6% Uniting Church, and 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.5% Christian, 1.2% Eastern Orthodox, 1.0% Buddhism, 1.0% Lutheran.

Population Density of Townsville

Townsville population density is 259 people per square kilometer, which is ranking 4th most populated city in Queensland after Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast.

Occupations and Industries

According to census, the main occupations of people living in Townsville are 28.2% Professionals, 17.1% Managers, 14.6% Community & personal service workers, 12.4% Clerical & administrative workers, 11.0% Technicians & trades workers, 5.9% Sales workers, 4.6% Labourers, 4.5% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.7% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Townsville work in are 19.7% Public administration and safety, 12.3% Health care and social assistance, 8.9% Accommodation and food services, 7.6% Professional, scientific and technical services, 6.9% Education and training, 6.7% Construction, 6.2% Retail trade, 5.8% Manufacturing, 3.5% Mining.

Facts About Townsville

  1. Townsville was founded in 1864. James Cook University (1970) is located there.
  2. Townsville is the first to introduce guided Segway tours through a National Park in the country, with people invited to hop on two wheels to explore greenery and ocean views through the Town Common Conservation Park.
  3. Townsville has the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium
  4. Townsville has an average of 300 sunny days a year.
  5. In 1896, Japan established its first Australian consulate in Townsville, primarily to serve some 4,000 Japanese workers
  6. Townsville holds a Guinness World Record for the Longest Horns in the World. The region’s world famous Texas Longhorn steer, named JR, was certified by the Guinness World Records in 2011 to have the longest horns measured tip to tip, of all the cattle in the world.
  7. Townsville is home to one of Australia’s key military bases.
  8. Home to Little Crystal Creek, known as the best swimming hole in Townsville, Paluma is also a great spot for bird watching, walking, BBQ or picnic.


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