One of the best tools we’ve come across to help you understand your community is the capacity to generate a customised Regional Profile for any area within Queensland. The document draws on ABS Census data along with a number of other sources and is offered by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office.
The process is a simple one, taking only around five minutes to define the area you are interested in, and then produce the report ready for downloading in PDF format.
Options (apart from defining the geographic area of interest) including choosing what sorts of data you want to consider, with choices including:
Demographic data including gender, age, language, culture, dwelling, family
Society including education, volunteer, socio-economic indicators
Economy including rent, income, employment, occupation, remoteness indicators
Industry development including building approvals, residential sales
When thinking about the future, the science (art? mathematics? guesswork?) of population projections can tell us a lot. How many people are likely to live in a particular place? What kind of housing will they occupy? What jobs will they work in? Will they have kids…and what schools are planned?
All these questions (and the associated answers) can help us think about how we join with God in mission in a particular locality.
And there’s a whole bunch of places where we can start looking for the data. Click through for a few options to pursue when it comes to tracking down population projections for your community. Continue reading →