Community Profile

The Central Highlands area (map) is nestled in the heart of Central Queensland and boasts strong communities, a diverse economy, pristine landscapes, expanding infrastructure and a climate that offers a great lifestyle.

Our region spans an area of almost 60,000 square kilometres and includes rural localities and small towns, with the regional centre being the town of Emerald. The historical railway, mining and agricultural towns have evolved into towns that are recognised for their liveability and offer a range of lifestyle options.

Along with the rich mineral and sapphire producing areas, the region has large and diverse, agricultural and pastoral industries which have shaped the character of many communities within our region.

This Community Profile enables you to analyse local community characteristics within the Central Highlands with comparative benchmarking to the Fitzroy Statistical area and Queensland.

This profile presents data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing for 2016 for the local government area, the 13 community planning areas within it, or one of our individual towns.

You are invited to explore socio-demographic insights into the Central Highlands area through this website.For historical information from 1991 to 2011 please contact Council. For any further information, our Central Highlands Regional Council Strategic Planning Unit can be contacted on (07) 4982 8333.

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