DISCOVER IPSWICH AND WEST MORETON

The Ipswich & West Moreton region is a place of many ranges and as many flat and fertile valleys. To the west its ranges buttress the Darling Downs, while to the east they form a formidable but discontinuous Coast Range.

Collectively, Ipswich and West Moreton comprises of four Local Government Areas (LGAs). These LGAs are the regions of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset.

Ipswich and West Moreton accounts for well over half the land area of South East Queensland, with an area of 13,000km2 out of 22,300 km2) but for somewhat less than 10% of its population (327,000 out of 3,508,000).

The Lockyer Valley has a nationwide reputation as a source of fresh vegetables and the Bremer, Fassifern and upper Logan valleys also support intensive agriculture.

Estimated Residential Population

The Ipswich & West Moreton region residential population is diverse in age, consisting of 342,016 residents. Residents come from 115 different ethnic backgrounds, speaking 84 languages. There are 43,241 residents over the age of 65. Population projection trends currently suggest a steady average annual growth rate of 2.8% on the increasing population, with a median age of 35.1 years.

Region 2010 2015 2020
Ipswich 167,134 194,274 229,845
Lockyer Valley 35,110 38,861 42,267
Scenic Rim 37,167 40,307 43,625
Somerset 21,717 24,681 26,279
Ipswich & West Moreton 261,128 298,123 342,016

Median Age

The median age of an Ipswich & West Moreton resident is currently 35.2 and has seen a steady growth since once being 34.9 during 2009. Out of the four local government areas, Scenic Rim has the oldest median population at 44.7 years of age.

Region 2009 2014 2019
Ipswich 32.2 32.1 32.8
Lockyer Valley 37.5 37.6 38.1
Scenic Rim 41.1 42.8 44.7
Somerset 41.4 41.6 43.0
Ipswich & West Moreton 34.9 34.6 35.2

Aboriginal peoples & Torres Strait Islander peoples

Ipswich and West Moreton is a culturally diverse region, home to many people of over 110 different ethnicities. Of these people, 12,065 of them identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Identified out of the four local government areas, Ipswich had the largest percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons with 4.4%.

Region Aboriginal Torres
Strait
Islander
Both
Ipswich 7,689 403 338
Lockyer Valley 1,385 53 68
Scenic Rim 1,096 56 70
Somerset 824 27 46
Ipswich & West Moreton 10,994 539 522

Births & Deaths

Ipswich and West Moreton is a growing region, having newly birthed over 4,700 children for the calendar year of 2019. These births are calculated with the mother’s usual residence being in the Ipswich and West Moreton region.

Region Births Deaths Natural Increase
Ipswich 3,666 1,032 2,634
Lockyer Valley 474 282 192
Scenic Rim 388 283 105
Somerset 247 167 80
Ipswich & West Moreton 4,775 1,764 3,011

Religion

Ipswich and West Moreton is a region filled with many faiths and religious backgrounds.

Region Christianity Other No Religion
Ipswich 109,367 7,112 57,505
Lockyer Valley 24,103 1,079 9,037
Scenic Rim 24,058 641 10,749
Somerset 14,837 387 6,574
Ipswich & West Moreton 172,365 9,219 83,865

> Other includes ‘Buddhism’, ‘Hinduism’, ‘Islam’, ‘Judaism’ and ‘Other Religions.

Homelessness

Ipswich and West Moreton has a homelessness figure of 34.8 people for every 10,000 residents. Whilst this may seem high and unfortunate, the Ipswich and West Moreton homelessness figure falls short of the Queensland state average of 45.6 people for every 10,000 residents.

Region Homeless Population Homeless
Rate
Ipswich 679 191,816 35.4
Lockyer Valley 167 38,134 43.8
Scenic Rim 85 40,659 20.9
Somerset 97 24,492 39.6
Ipswich & West Moreton 1,028 295,101 34.8

Internet Access

Ipswich and West Moreton has a strong digital presence and is always expanding its online and remote capabilities. Some 81.9% of occupied private dwellings in Ipswich & West Moreton have internet access.

Region Internet Access No Access Total Dwellings
Ipswich 53,332 8,762 63,661
Lockyer Valley 9,969 2,415 12,872
Scenic Rim 11,327 2,369 14,043
Somerset 6,590 1,732 8,579
Ipswich & West Moreton 81,218 15,278 99,155

Social Assistance

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is the Australian Government’s lead agency in the development and delivery of social policy, and is working to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.

Region Age Pension Carer Allowance Disability Support Jobseeker
Ipswich 16,945 6,581 8,903 14,598
Lockyer Valley 4,766 1,494 1,856 2,344
Scenic Rim 5,716 1,462 1,600 2,373
Somerset 3,450 1,086 1,381 1,674
Ipswich & West Moreton 30,877 10,623 13,740 28,620

Schooling Completion

According to information produced in the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 CENSUS, 115,687 persons in the Ipswich & West Moreton region have gone on to complete Year 11, Year 12 or their equivalent.

Region Year 8 or Lower Year 9 or 10 Year 11 or 12
Ipswich 8,890 40,967 79,056
Lockyer Valley 2,749 10,293 13,226
Scenic Rim 2,312 10,115 15,436
Somerset 1,724 7,055 7,969
Ipswich & West Moreton 15,675 68,430 115,687

Schools, Hospitals & Emergency Services

Ipswich & West Moreton boasts over 140 schools for education from prep through to Year 12 academic. Along with these numerous education institutes, Ipswich and West Moreton also houses 22 Police Stations, 14 Ambulance Stations, 13 Hospitals and 22 Fire Stations.

Region Police Stations Ambulance Stations Fire Stations Schools Hospitals
Ipswich 7 4 6 74 7
Lockyer Valley 3 2 4 26 2
Scenic Rim 7 5 8 29 2
Somerset 5 3 4 19 2
Ipswich & West Moreton 22 14 22 148 13

 

Median Rent

Median rent estimates have been derived by Queensland Treasury using rental bond lodgements sourced by the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA).

Region 1 bedroom
flat/unit
2 bedroom
flat/unit
3 bedroom
house
4 bedroom
house
Ipswich 245 265 330 380
Lockyer Valley 182 260 318 350
Scenic Rim 250 265 340 390
Somerset n.a 245 330 350
Ipswich & West Moreton n.a n.a n.a n.a