Statistics & facts

Geography

Map showing extent of Cairns local government area

The Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.  It extends from the Eubenangee Swamp (near Mirriwinni) in the south to the Macalister Range (near Ellis Beach) in the north.

The region is part of Australia's Wet Tropics and is framed by the lush World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest to the west and north and the Coral Sea and World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. These attributes make the region a world renowned tourist destination.

Cairns city is the principal centre of the region and is centrally located along the coastal strip with sub-regions to the north and south consisting predominantly good quality agricultural land and areas of high ecological significance. The region is an important gateway to the nearby Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and Wet Tropics rainforest, and the outback Savannah region beyond the Great Dividing Range.

The Russell, Mulgrave and Barron Rivers are the main river systems within the region. The region also includes a number of offshore islands: Fitzroy, Green and the Frankland Islands.

Population data

The estimated residential population of the Cairns region was 165,525 persons as at 30 June 2018. The region has experienced an average annual growth rate of 1.9% over the last 10 years.  It is predicted that two thirds of Tropical North Queensland's population growth (approximately 70,000 people) will be accommodated within the Cairns region, with up to 50,000 ultimately accommodated within the Mount Peter Master Planned Area.

You can access our free community profiles below for more information about population and socio-demographic characteristics.

Lagoon and CBDCairns Business Survey Results

In April, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CCIQ and with support from Cairns Regional Council, conducted the “Cairns Business Survey” to gain insights into operating and general business conditions.

There were over 600 responses to the survey, representing a broad range of industries, business types and locations.

The results will support advocacy efforts and help to inform decisions by the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Cairns Regional Council on continuation of existing business activities and investigation into new initiatives.

It is intended that the Cairns Business Survey will be conducted on an annual basis to provide ongoing insight into business conditions and to track trends over time.

Read the summary report of the “Cairns Business Survey”. ( PDF, 0.05 MB )

Cairns LGA Data

Cairns Regional Council subscribes to the .id suite of data so that this information about the Cairns Local Government Area (LGA) is freely available to be used by council staff, local businesses, investors, community groups, students and the general public.

The Economic Profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented in this site.

The Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the Cairns LGA and its suburbs based on results from Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures. Use this profile to find out about the people of Cairns including age, ethnicity, education, employment, income, types of households and much more.

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The Social Atlas presents Census data in a visual form, as a series of thematic maps that show how particular population groups (elderly, disadvantaged, students, public transport users etc.) are distributed across the Cairns LGA, suburbs, or even SA1 catchment areas. Analysis is provided for the selected topic to assist in understanding the displayed data.

Other data sources

FNQROC Economic Profile

An FNQROC Economic Profile is also available, providing data for the region covered by the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC), from Hinchinbrook to Cook and west to Carpentaria.

Queensland Government statistics

The Queensland Government Statistician's Office (QGSO) provides a broad range of expert services to support national, whole-of-government and agency policies, programs, and service delivery decisions. The QCSO is part of Queensland Treasury and provides statistics and information to government, business and the community.

Tourism visitor data

The Tropical North Queensland Regional Snapshot is produced by Tourism and Events Queensland (a Queensland Government lead agency). The Snapshot provides an overview of visitors to the region, with high-level details including where visitors came from, why they came and what they spent during their visit. Changes over time, drivers of change and insights into trends are also included.

ABS Census data

The Census of Population and Housing provides a snapshot of the nation as well as key information that benefits you and your community. Council has prepared a Snapshot of 2016 Census highlights ( PDF, 0.53 MB ). The data shows that the Cairns Local Government Area is a growing and culturally diverse community.

Alibaba e-commerce ecosystem

In August 2018, Council together with Trade and Investment Queensland and the Alibaba Group, presented a special workshop exploring e-commerce and tourism opportunities for Cairns-based brands and exporters through the Alibaba Group e-commerce ecosystem.  The workshop slides below contain information on how to drive exports and connect with new markets:

Economic data

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Cairns LGA Data

.id brings together data from multiple sources to tell the story of local communities and economies and how they are changing. .id delivers this information to councils across Australia and New Zealand.

Council's Economic Profile Tool Economy id presents economic data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary. Available free of charge for businesses and investors, Economy ID provides extensive data on local industry and economic performance, industry sectors, employment characteristics, infrastructure and assets.

An FNQROC Economic Profile is also available, providing data for the region covered by the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC), from Hinchinbrook to Cook and west to Carpentaria.

Queensland Government statistics

The Queensland Government Statistician's Office (QGSO) provides a broad range of expert services to support national, whole-of-government and agency policies, programs, and service delivery decisions. The QCSO is part of Queensland Treasury and provides statistics and information to government, business and the community.

Tourism visitor data

The Tropical North Queensland Regional Snapshot is produced by Tourism and Events Queensland (a Queensland Government lead agency). The Snapshot provides an overview of visitors to the region, with high-level details including where visitors came from, why they came and what they spent during their visit. Changes over time, drivers of change and insights into trends are also included.

ABS Census data

The Census of Population and Housing provides a snapshot of the nation as well as key information that benefits you and your community.

Council has prepared a Snapshot of 2016 Census highlights ( PDF, 0.53 MB ). The data shows that the Cairns Local Government Area is a growing and culturally diverse community.

Living in Cairns (Residents Guide)

Council has produced a handy guide to living, working and playing in Cairns.

Hard copies are available on request from Council's Customer Service Centre in Cairns and at Cairns Library branches. You may also request a hard copy by phoning Council on (07) 4044 3044 or emailing marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated: 22 June 2020