The City of Mount Gambier 'Blue Lake City', located an equidistance between the major capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne is South Australias second largest city and is home to a population of over 26,000 people.
Mount Gambier is the regional centre for the South East region of South Australia and much of the Western Districts of Victoria and is widely known as the home of Australias softwood timber industry.
According to the 2011 Census the population of the Mount Gambier census area was 25,247 people, making it the largest urban area in the state outside of Adelaide, and the 50th largest urban area in Australia. Approximately 50.6% of the population were female, 85.9% were Australian born, over 91.5% of residents were Australian citizens and 2.3% were Indigenous.
The most popular industries for employment were Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing (8%), School Education (4.8%) and Retail Trade (3.8%), while the unemployment rate is approx. 7%. The median weekly household income is A$899 or more per week, compared with $1,044 in Adelaide. 31.4% of the population identify themselves as being free of religion, a lower 21.4% regard themselves as Catholic.
2012 population estimates have Mount Gambier's population at 26,206 an increase of 96 people or 0.4%