The suburb is relatively undeveloped with electricity supply only reaching Pallara in 1961.
In 1997, the Pallara Parklands were opened on a remediated dump.
In the 2016 census the population of Pallara was 511, 49.3% female and 50.7% male. The median age of the Pallara population was 48 years of age, 10 years above the Australian median. 69.2% of people living in Pallara were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%. 69.3% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 27.7% and Catholic 20.3%.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pallara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Moorooka Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- Mynott, Wicki (2009). 150 years: Richlands, Inala & neighbouring suburbs in Brisbane's South West. Richlands, Inala & Suburbs History Group. pp. 159–163.