Gold Coast Population 2018

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.


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.