Data released today for Estimated Resident Populations in regional areas shows the population of the Cairns SA4 region climbed 18.1% in the decade to June 30th 2016 reaching 247,762. This was somewhat faster than estimated growth in Townsville SA4 which was +16% to 235,037.
However, both regions fell behind growth in the state which was 21% to 4,848,877.
Estimates for the Local Government Areas as at 30th June 2016 are;
Cairns Regional Council; 162,451
Douglas Shire; 11,997
Tablelands Regional Council; 25,312
Mareeba Shire; 22,157
Cassowary Coast Regional Council; 29,396
Townsville City Council; 192,058
Note: ERP figures are not equivalent to the 2016 Census data as the ERP includes estimates for Australian residents overseas as at June 30th, an allowance for Census under-count, relate to different dates (the 2016 Census was completed on 9th August), and does not include foreign short-term visitors to Australia.