How expensive are houses in Brisbane compared with Ipswich? Which south-east Queensland region has the lowest crime rate? What are the biggest industries in each region?
The Queensland government statistician’s office has released the latest regional profiles for the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast, revealing what makes each region unique.
Brisbane City Council, as expected, had the highest population, at more than 1,140,000, followed by the Gold Coast at 546,067, Sunshine Coast at 282,822 and Ipswich at 188,047
Sunshine Coast had the largest percentage of over 65s, and also had the highest median age at 42.1 years, followed by Brisbane at 34.5, which had the largest amount of aged-care facilities.
The youngest median age out of all four regions was Ipswich at 32.1 years, which was also projected to have the largest population increase, by 4.6 per cent, over twice that of the Gold Coast at 1.9 per cent.
While projected population growth was expected to soar at Ipswich, babies abounded in Brisbane with more than 14,000 new faces welcomed into the world in 2014.
There was a higher percentage of indigenous Australians in Ipswich, 3.8 per cent, than the other three regions.
More than a quarter of Brisbane’s population was born overseas, with more than half the population speaking a language at home other than English, most likely to be “Chinese”.
Christianity was the most popular religious affiliation across the four regions, with 65 per cent of the population at Ipswich affiliated with a Christian religion.
A greater percentage of Sunshine Coast residents owned their own homes compared with the other three regions.
Brisbane broke the rules with number of cars per home, with one vehicle per residence the norm compared with the coastal regions and Ipswich, which all had a higher percentage of two cars per dwelling.
Internet connection also varied, with the Brisbane and the Gold Coast having the biggest percentage of homes with internet connection, 83 per cent and 81.2 per cent respectively, followed by the Sunshine Coast (79.6 per cent) and Ipswich (77.7 per cent).
Brisbane real estate was the most costly out of the four regions, with the median sale price of a house at $519,288. Ipswich homes were the most affordable, with a median sale price of $319,000.
Gold Coast rental property prices creeped above Brisbane, with a three-bedroom house in 2015 going for a median price of $450/week compared with $420/week.
Gold Coast also scraped through ahead of Brisbane in terms of new housing approvals at 2938 compared with Brisbane’s 2909 for 2015, however Brisbane had double the amount of residential lot registrations compared to that of the Gold Coast.
Roughly half the population across Gold Coast, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast had completed Year 11 or 12, with Brisbane’s percentage slightly higher at 69.4 per cent.
Brisbane also had the largest number of schools, 313, followed by the Gold Coast at 104, Sunshine Coast at 73 and Ipswich at 67.
Brisbane was ahead the other three regions in terms of out of school qualifications; degrees, diplomas and/or certificates.
The most popular field of study was management and commerce across the regions, except on the Sunshine Coast where engineering and related technologies was preferred.
Over a third of Ipswich residents were socio-economically disadvantaged which was measured in terms of income, education attainment, employment and vehicle ownership.
Brisbane’s residents were the least disadvantaged in terms of socio-economic factors.
The Sunshine Coast had the lowest median personal income at $522/week, followed by Gold Coast residents at $571/week, Ipswich residents at $592/week and Brisbane residents at a whopping $696/week.
The unemployment rate was highest on the Sunshine Coast, followed closely by Ipswich, both over 6 per cent.
Retail and construction were the top two industries on the Gold Coast while manufacturing was Ipswich’s largest industry, followed by healthcare and social assistance, which were Brisbane and Sunshine Coast’s biggest industries.
Ipswich had the highest rate of crime, with 9848 offences reported per 100,000 persons. Gold Coast came in second at 9222 offences then Brisbane at 7901 offences and Sunshine Coast at 6855.
In each region, offences relating to property were higher than those relating to people.
Original Publish: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/