Sunshine Coast Population 2022

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Sunshine Coast is located in Queensland, Australia. The population of the city was 346,522 as of 2016.

It is the ninth most populous city in Australia. The city has been experiencing a growing population as it is becoming known as a center for innovation and is the location of many new startups. The city’s beautiful beaches and attractions including the Australia Zoo are also prominent in attracting new residents and tourists alike.

City Size and Population Density

The urban area of the Sunshine Coast comes to a total of 1,633 kilometers squared (630.5 square miles). The population density is approximately at 212.20 people living per square kilometer (549.59 people living per square mile).

Sunshine Coast Demographics

Estimates from 2016 show that the population of Sunshine Coast is over 300,000. Females make up 51.8% of the population, while males make up 48.2% of the population. Of the total population, 86% are citizens of Australia. Over 66% of the population are over the age of 18. Almost 82% are over the age of 15. There are over 5,100 overseas visitors located in Sunshine Coast.

Almost 20% of the population was born overseas, with most coming from the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The majority of the residents are of English ancestry, followed by Australian, Irish, Scottish, German and Italian.

Over 18% of residents cited Roman Catholic as their religion. Over 16% are Anglican. Other religions include Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran and Buddhism.

Sunshine Coast History

Europeans first settled Sunshine Coast during the 19th century. Many of the towns in the area during the late 1800s were ports or jetties for the timber industry. In the late 1800s, farming of fruit and dairy products became the primary industry.

After World War II, tourism began to grow and with it, the population also increased. The Sunshine Coast became a popular spot for surfing and vacationing. The city capitalized on the increase in tourism with the development of theme parks in the area. 4

Rapid growth occurred during the 1980s as the spot became even more popular with tourists. By the time 2011 rolled around, the city was one of the fastest-growing in Australia. Today, most of the farms that were once so important to the economy are no longer around. Now, retail businesses, caterers, and businesses that cater to tourists have become more important as more than 3.2 million visitors stop in every year.

Sunshine Coast Population Growth

The city’s booming tourism industry has led to a thriving economy. In addition to appealing to tourists, the city has also attracted hundreds of startups in various fields. The city is also planning a university town that has the potential to employ thousands of workers, which could lead to further population growth. Given the opportunities in business and the thriving economy, the population of this city is only expected to continue to see steady growth in the years ahead.

Year Population
19509,882
195110,620
195211,415
195312,266
195413,183
195514,167
195615,227
195716,363
195817,585
195918,899
196020,312
196121,827
196223,458
196325,210
196427,096
196529,117
196631,292
196733,629
196836,145
196938,841
197041,742
197144,860
197248,216
197351,813
197455,683
197559,842
197664,318
197769,116
197874,279
197979,827
198085,798
198192,192
198296,617
1983101,255
1984106,123
1985111,210
1986116,554
1987124,388
1988132,762
1989141,673
1990151,196
1991161,348
1992169,885
1993178,848
1994188,298
1995198,247
1996208,709
1997209,603
1998210,501
1999211,403
2000212,311
2001213,236
2002220,432
2003227,870
2004235,571
2005243,509
2006251,718
2007257,324
2008263,062
2009268,912
2010274,900
2011281,024
2012287,961
2013295,051
2014302,324
2015309,778
2016317,425
2017325,261
2018333,290
2019340,132
2020346,829
2021353,281
2022359,438
2023365,281
2024370,828
2025376,114
2026381,184
2027386,079
2028390,839
2029395,496
2030400,071
2031404,587
2032409,060
2033413,505
2034417,930
2035422,345

Sunshine Coast Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
19509,8820.00%
195110,6207.47%738
195211,4157.49%795
195312,2667.46%851
195413,1837.48%917
195514,1677.46%984
195615,2277.48%1,060
195716,3637.46%1,136
195817,5857.47%1,222
195918,8997.47%1,314
196020,3127.48%1,413
196121,8277.46%1,515
196223,4587.47%1,631
196325,2107.47%1,752
196427,0967.48%1,886
196529,1177.46%2,021
196631,2927.47%2,175
196733,6297.47%2,337
196836,1457.48%2,516
196938,8417.46%2,696
197041,7427.47%2,901
197144,8607.47%3,118
197248,2167.48%3,356
197351,8137.46%3,597
197455,6837.47%3,870
197559,8427.47%4,159
197664,3187.48%4,476
197769,1167.46%4,798
197874,2797.47%5,163
197979,8277.47%5,548
198085,7987.48%5,971
198192,1927.45%6,394
198296,6174.80%4,425
1983101,2554.80%4,638
1984106,1234.81%4,868
1985111,2104.79%5,087
1986116,5544.81%5,344
1987124,3886.72%7,834
1988132,7626.73%8,374
1989141,6736.71%8,911
1990151,1966.72%9,523
1991161,3486.71%10,152
1992169,8855.29%8,537
1993178,8485.28%8,963
1994188,2985.28%9,450
1995198,2475.28%9,949
1996208,7095.28%10,462
1997209,6030.43%894
1998210,5010.43%898
1999211,4030.43%902
2000212,3110.43%908
2001213,2360.44%925
2002220,4323.37%7,196
2003227,8703.37%7,438
2004235,5713.38%7,701
2005243,5093.37%7,938
2006251,7183.37%8,209
2007257,3242.23%5,606
2008263,0622.23%5,738
2009268,9122.22%5,850
2010274,9002.23%5,988
2011281,0242.23%6,124
2012287,9612.47%6,937
2013295,0512.46%7,090
2014302,3242.46%7,273
2015309,7782.47%7,454
2016317,4252.47%7,647
2017325,2612.47%7,836
2018333,2902.47%8,029
2019340,1322.05%6,842
2020346,8291.97%6,697
2021353,2811.86%6,452
2022359,4381.74%6,157
2023365,2811.63%5,843
2024370,8281.52%5,547
2025376,1141.43%5,286
2026381,1841.35%5,070
2027386,0791.28%4,895
2028390,8391.23%4,760
2029395,4961.19%4,657
2030400,0711.16%4,575
2031404,5871.13%4,516
2032409,0601.11%4,473
2033413,5051.09%4,445
2034417,9301.07%4,425
2035422,3451.06%4,415

Sunshine Coast Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Melbourne5,150,7661.76%
Sydney5,056,5711.30%
Brisbane2,472,2221.34%
Perth2,092,6491.22%
Adelaide1,355,5220.75%
Gold Coast721,6871.55%
Canberra467,1941.08%
Newcastle457,0040.77%
Sunshine Coast359,4381.74%
Central Coast338,8350.63%
Wollongong309,8490.77%

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