Port pop­u­la­tion on rise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

THE Adams fam­ily is among the swell of an ex­tra 362 per­ma­nent res­i­dents who now call Port Dou­glas home com­pared to 2006, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est cen­sus fig­ures re­leased this week.

David and Rowena Adams and their two chil­dren Piper, 11, and nine-year-old El­liot are “thriv­ing” in their new home since mov­ing from Syd­ney last year.

Mrs Adams said she loved the slower pace com­pared to the mad­ness of Aus­tralia’s big­gest city.

“The peo­ple are ex­tremely friendly and there is so much more free­dom for the kids and they both love their new school and have made good friends al­ready,” she said.

If you live in Port Dou­glas you are one of 3205 per­ma­nent res­i­dents com­pared to 1732 in Moss­man while 146 peo­ple call Dain­tree Vil­lage home.

Of the 3205 peo­ple liv­ing in Port Dou­glas, 1631 are men and 1574 are women and the me­dian age is just 38.

The town has 737 fam­i­lies with an av­er­age of 1.6 chil­dren and 2.1 peo­ple to each house­hold.

In Port Dou­glas, the youngest age group 0-4 years there are 178 chil­dren and in the old­est age group 85 years and over there are just 18 peo­ple.

The age group that has the most peo­ple rep­re­sented is those from 25 to 29 with 334 peo­ple and the age group from 65 to 69 has 138 peo­ple.

There are just 53 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple liv­ing in Port Dou­glas.

The num­ber of peo­ple who said that they had English an­ces­try was 1148, Aus­tralian was 975, Ir­ish was 339, Scot­tish 308 and Ger­man was 155.

If you live in the sugar belt of Moss­man you are one of 1732 peo­ple and this is made up of 872 men and 860 women, and the me­dian age is also 38.

Moss­man’s pop­u­la­tion has dropped by eight per­ma­nent res­i­dents since the 2006 Cen­sus.

The av­er­age weekly in­come is $867 and the av­er­age monthly mort­gage is $1820 while the av­er­age weekly rent is $165 and there are 1.5 ve­hi­cles to each dwelling.

There are 363 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple liv­ing in Moss­man.

In the youngest age group 0 to 4 years there are 160 chil­dren and in the old­est age group 85 years and over there are just 34 peo­ple.

The age group that has the most peo­ple rep­re­sented is those from 35 to 39 with 134 peo­ple and the re­tired age group from 65 to 69 has 75 peo­ple.

The num­ber of peo­ple who said that they had Aus­tralian an­ces­try was 751, English was 547, Ir­ish was 161, Scot­tish was 145 and Ger­man was 102.

New to town: Rowena and David Adams with chil­dren El­liot and Piper

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