The City of Logan is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Australia and consists of 70 suburbs, is 957 square kilometres in size and 70 per cent of the city is rural, semi-rural or land for conservation.
It is understood the City of Logan was originally inhabited by Aboriginal people from the Yagara and Yugambeh language groups and more than fifteen different tribal groups. Self-sufficient and harmonious, the Aboriginal people experienced a life rich in traditional customs, spirituality and a strong connection to their land. The acknowledgement and acceptance that Logan has a vast and rich indigenous and cultural history, enhances our commitment to reconciliation and gives us a deeper understanding of our past.
The first Europeans who explored the area described Logan and more specifically the Logan river as running through the finest tract of land he had seen in this or any other country and he named it the Darling, in honour of the Governor. The first Europeans to settle in the area is reported to have occurred in 1842.
Logan is now home to more than 313,785 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, June 2016) people from more than 217 different cultures. We celebrate our diversity and the rich and varied lifestyle it offers. Logan is also a very young city with around 50 per cent of residents aged 30 or younger, with a median age of 34 years. This adds energy and enthusiasm to our community and gives us a real vibrancy. No wonder Logan has become known as one of the most diverse cities in Australia.
A total of 65.8 per cent of people were born in Australia, including 3.2 percent Indigenous Australians, 27 per cent were born overseas (6.9% were not disclosed). The top countries of birth (outside Australia) for people living in Logan include New Zealand, United Kingdom, Philippines, India, Samoa, South Africa, Fiji, China, Afghanistan and Burma. The top 11 languages other than English spoken at home are Samoan, Mandarin, Persian/Dari, Arabic, Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Spanish, Punjab, Khmer and Cantonese. 77.8% of Logan households speak only English at home, 15.9% speak only another language and 6.9% are bilingual and 82,867 people who were living in Logan City in 2016 were born overseas, and 18% arrived in Australia within five years prior to 2016.
Logan’s central geographic location between Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast, and has easy access to the national highway and rail networks. This ideal location has created a thriving economy where the city’s Gross Regional Product (GRP) exceeds $21 billion and small business’s exceed 21,000 employing over 75, 000 people.