Gold Coast Population 2017

The City of Gold Coast is Australia's sixth largest city, with an estimated population of over 560,000 people. The city's population density is 417 people per square kilometer, making it the most populated non-state capital city in the country. The Gold Coast is located 66km south-southeast of Brisbane and is 1402 square kilometers in size.

The city is famous for its 57 kilometers of beaches and is one of the country's premier tourist destinations. The Gold Coast is a magnet for Chinese visitors in particular, with 295,000 visiting in 2016, a 38% increase on the preceding 12 months. China is the biggest source of international visitors to the Gold Coast, and on average accounted for as much as 23% of international visitor spend in the region. In 2014 there were 3.5 million overnight domestic visitors and 7,819,000 international visitors.

Demographics

According to the most recent Australian census, the Gold Coast is a very diverse city, with many different ethical and cultural groups residing there. Nearly two thirds of foreign-born residents of the city come from English-speaking countries (including New Zealand, UK and South Africa). However, there are increasing numbers of people moving to the city from Asia, including China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and India. Nationally, there has been a shift from European to Asian migration, particularly from southern Asia and China. The top five birth countries of foreign-born residents are New Zealand (9.2%), UK (7.1%), South Africa (1.3%), Japan (0.8%), and China (excluding SARs and Taiwan) (0.7%). The top five languages spoken (at home) in Gold Coast other than English are Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese and Italian.

The most practised religion on the Gold Coast is Christianity, with 313,083 residents of the city identifying as Christian at the time of the 2011 census. The second most common religion practised is Islam (4036), with Hinduism (2570) coming in third.

Population Growth

Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest growing regions, with its population expected to reach as many as 820,000 by 2035. Between 2011 and 2016, the annual growth rate was between 1.28% and 2.25%, which added approximately 2,098 to 11,614 to the overall population every year. The region's booming tourism industry means that there are lots of job opportunities, and so many people move here for work, which contributes to population growth. Even before the city was known as the Gold Coast (1958), it had experienced strong population growth. This growth continued throughout the 20th century, welcoming people from all over the world.

Gold Coast Population in 2018Source: By Knödelbaum (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gold Coast Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2030775,0007.34%53,000
2025722,0008.90%59,000
2020663,0007.11%44,000
2017619,0005.27%31,000
2015588,00014.17%73,000
20153,948,000-1.05%-42,000
2010515,00015.21%68,000
20103,990,000-0.92%-37,000
2005447,00018.57%70,000
2000377,00020.06%63,000
1995314,00027.13%67,000
1990247,00031.38%59,000
19904,027,00017.23%592,000
1985188,00030.56%44,000
1980144,00030.91%34,000
19803,435,00012.73%388,000
1975110,00030.95%26,000
19703,047,000-1.96%-61,000
197084,00031.25%20,000
196564,00030.61%15,000
196049,00032.43%12,000
19603,108,000-11.00%-384,000
195537,00032.14%9,000
195028,0000.00%0
19503,492,00038.30%967,000
19402,525,000-20.99%-671,000
19303,196,00022.12%579,000
19202,617,000-18.37%-589,000
19103,206,000189.61%2,099,000
19001,107,000-29.54%-464,000
18901,571,000888.05%1,412,000
1880159,000-79.48%-616,000
Gold Coast Population Growth

Gold Coast's 2017 population is now estimated at 619,000. In 1950, the population of Gold Coast was 28,000. Gold Coast has grown by 31,000 in the last year, which represents a 5.27% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Gold Coast, which typically includes Gold Coast's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations