THE population of the Far North has continued to grow, faster than experts were expecting.
The region's population is 275,058, far ahead is North Queensland (231,628), the Northern Territory (229,711), Mackay (176,2360) and Fitzroy (223,516), according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures at June 2010.
In the year to June 30, 2010, the population grew by more than 100 people a week (5400), up 2 per cent.
Economist Bill Cummings said he was surprised by the results.
"The growth ratio of 2 per cent for the region and 2.6 per cent for Cairns are better, given the circumstances of impacts of the global financial crisis, than might have been expected," he said.
"It confirms that the sharp rise in unemployment in 2009/10 was partly due to a continuing flow of population into the region.
"Cairns city accounts for 55 per cent of the region's population. Mr Cummings said within the region the Tableland area showed a growth of 573 (1.2 per cent) and Cassowary Coast 300 (1 per cent).
Mr Cummings said the growth rate of Cairns was the highest of the northern cities at 2.6 per cent, compared with Townsville 2.3 per cent, Darwin 2.1 per cent, Mackay 2.1 per cent, and Rockhampton 1.1 per cent.
Courtesy of the Cairns Post e-Paper - The Cairns Post - 1 Apr 2011