The Gold Coast Population 2017

The Gold Coast is a city that is located in Queensland, Australia. It is one of the largest cities by population in Australia and is the largest in Queensland. According to the 2016 Census, the Gold Coast has a population of 569,997, making it the largest non-capital cities in Australia. The city has seen significant population growth since the 1920s and is one of the top tourist destinations, luring in residents and tourists alike with its beautiful coasts, thriving nightlife, and natural beauty.

The Gold Coast Demographics

The population of the Gold Coast is 51.4% female, according to the 2016 Census. The median age in the city is 39 years old. English is the most common ancestry in the city, with 29.3% of inhabitants being of English descent. 64% of the population was born in Australia, with 7.9% of residents originating from New Zealand and 5.2% being born in England. Over 17% of the population hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. 45.8% of residents were born to parents that were born in Australia.

31.8% of residents reported that they do not have a religion. The top religion in the city is Catholicism, of which over 20% reported following per the 2016 Census. Over 80% of households speak English only, while the second top language spoken within the city is Mandarin, which is spoken by 1.6% of the population.

The Gold Coast History

Though the Gold Coast area had its first recorded sighting in the 1700s, it was uninhabited until 1823. It was originally known as the South Coast because of its location in relation to Brisbane. The city received its name because of over inflation of goods and housing. Though this name was thought by some to be derogatory, over the years, the area became known for its beautiful beaches and nightlife, and by the 1950s, tourism was booming, leading many to integrate “Gold Coast” into the names of their businesses. The city was renamed as the Town of Gold Coast, followed up one year later as the City of Gold Coast.

The city continues to be a thriving tourism spot because of its beaches that are known for surfing, pristine rainforests, stunning skyline, and activities including shopping and theme parks. Its movie, TV, and music industries have earned it the nickname “Australia's Hollywood,” and it is now the most populous non-capital city in Australia.

The Gold Coast Population Growth

The Gold Coast’s population has grown considerably over the last decade. The city has gained over 126,000 new residents between the 2006 and 2016 Censuses. From year to year, the city has seen annual population growth ranging from 1.79% to 3.75%. The city is one of the fastest-growing in Australia and with tourism booming and new opportunities opening up with the development of business districts, population is only expected to continue its upward climb in the years to come.

The Gold Coast Population in 2018Source: undefined

The 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
2010515,00015.21%68,000
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
197084,00031.25%20,000
19703,047,000-1.96%-61,000
196564,00030.61%15,000
19603,108,000-11.00%-384,000
196049,00032.43%12,000
195537,00032.14%9,000
19503,492,00038.30%967,000
195028,0000.00%0
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
The Gold Coast Population Growth

The Gold Coast's 2017 population is now estimated at 619,000. In 1950, the population of The Gold Coast was 28,000. The 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 The Gold Coast, which typically includes The 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