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1380.0.55.009 - Perspectives on Regional Australia: Comparing Census Night and Usual Resident Populations in Local Government Areas, 2011  
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HIGH CENSUS NIGHT RATIOS, QUEENSLAND


In 2011, Queensland had almost a third of the high Census Night ratio LGAs (14 out of 46) and some of the highest Census Night ratios in Australia. High Census Night ratios were found in tourist areas such as Cairns, Barcaldine, Carpentaria, Central Highlands, Flinders and Longreach, and mining areas such as Cloncurry, Isaac, Mt Isa, Paroo and Weipa.



HIGH CENSUS NIGHT RATIOS, Local Government Areas, Queensland, 2011

Local Government Area
Census Night Population
Usual Resident Population
Census Night Ratio(a)

Carpentaria
3 144
2 054
153.1
Isaac
34 042
22 587
150.7
Cloncurry
4 762
3 228
147.5
Cook
5 670
4 153
136.5
Longreach
5 295
4 188
126.4
Whitsunday
38 021
31 427
121.0
Central Highlands
33 740
28 715
117.5
Cairns
180 571
156 170
115.6
Weipa
3 825
3 332
114.8
Flinders
2 052
1 792
114.5
Paroo
2 122
1 858
114.2
Northern Peninsula Area
2 618
2 299
113.9
Barcaldine
3 582
3 215
111.4
Mount Isa
23 284
21 238
109.6

(a) The Census Night ratio is the ratio of the Census Night population to usual resident population, multiplied by 100.
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing, 2011.


The Census Night population of Carpentaria had a large number of people over the age of 50, as shown in the population pyramid below. These may be retired travellers: commonly known as "grey nomads" (see ABS Review of Counting the Homeless Methodology 2011, cat. no. 2050.0.55.002, for details on how this population is defined by ABS). Other LGAs that also had relatively large numbers of people aged over 50 years in the Census Night population included Longreach and Flinders in Queensland and Exmouth and Northampton in Western Australia.


CENSUS NIGHT AND USUAL RESIDENT POPULATIONS, by Age and Sex, Carpentaria, Queensland, 2011

Chart: Census Night and Usual Resident populations, by Age and Sex, Queensland, 2011
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing, 2011.


You can find population pyramids for LGAs in Queensland with a high Census Night population ratio, by following the links below.
Carpentaria
Isaac
Cloncurry
Cook
Longreach
Whitsunday
Central Highlands
Cairns
Weipa
Flinders
Paroo
Northern Peninsula Area
Barcaldine
Mount Isa

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