Gold Coast Population 2019

The City of Gold Coast is Australia's sixth largest city, with an estimated population of over 560,000 people. As of 2017, the population estimate increased to 591,356. The Gold Coast is located 66km south-southeast of Brisbane and is positioned in the Queensland state.

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.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Gold Coast takes up an area of approximately 414 square kilometers (160 square miles). The population density comes to approximately 1,428 individuals living per square kilometer (3,695 per square mile).

Demographics of Gold Coast

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.

As of 2016, the most practised religion on the Gold Coast is Western Catholicism (20.8%), followed by Anglican (16.1%). 32.1% of the population indicated that they are not affiliated with any religion.

Gold Coast 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 Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035843,9271.09%44,466
2030799,4611.22%46,891
2025752,5701.48%53,344
2020699,2261.71%11,766
2019687,4602.07%54,217
2015633,2432.27%67,131
2010566,1122.78%72,463
2005493,6493.78%83,529
2000410,1205.48%96,014
1995314,1064.92%67,080
1990247,0265.57%58,664
1985188,3625.54%44,511
1980143,8515.48%33,684
1975110,1675.48%25,790
197084,3775.48%19,752
196564,6255.48%15,125
196049,5005.48%11,591
195537,9095.48%8,875
195029,0340.00%
Gold Coast Population Growth

Gold Coast's 2019 population is now estimated at 687,460. In 1950, the population of Gold Coast was 29,034. Gold Coast has grown by 54,217 since 2015, which represents a 2.07% annual 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