The 2017 Estimated Resident Population for Ripley is 5,462. Ripley is bounded generally by Redbank Plains Road and the locality of Redbank Plains in the north, Woogaroo Creek and Logan City in the east, Logan City and the locality of Peak Crossing in the south, and the locality of Goolman, Ipswich – Boonah Road, Fords Lane, Purga Creek and the Cunningham Highway in the west.
Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for grazing, crop growing and coal mining. Some growth took place during the late 1800s. The Deebing Creek Mission Aboriginal Reserve operated from 1887 to 1915. Population was minimal until the mid 1990s. The population increased steadily from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, with more rapid growth from 2011, largely from the initial stage of the Ecco Ripley development in the Ripley Valley. Significant growth is expected to continue, with the continued development of the Ecco Ripley master planned community.
Major features of the area include White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate (including Paperbark Flats Picnic Area), Ripley Town Centre, Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway, Bundamba Lagoon, Swanbank Lagoon, Swanbank Power Stations, Swanbank Enterprise Park, City of Ipswich Pony Club, Brooking Parklands, Dannika Way Reserve, Lakeview Drive Park, Piccadilly Court Reserve, Rourke Park, Scotts Park, Sovereign Park, Swanbank Community Environmental Park, Watsons Road Reserve, Swifts Rugby League Football Club and Ipswich & District Rifle Club.