Sunshine Coast Population 2021

353,281
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Sunshine Coast's 2021 population is now estimated at 353,281. In 1950, the population of Sunshine Coast was 9,882. Sunshine Coast has grown by 6,452 since 2015, which represents a 1.86% 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 Sunshine Coast, which typically includes Sunshine Coast's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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.

Sunshine Coast Population 2021

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

Sunshine Coast Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Melbourne5,061,4391.89%
Sydney4,991,6541.33%
Brisbane2,439,4671.38%
Perth2,067,3331.24%
Adelaide1,345,4450.68%
Gold Coast710,6501.63%
Canberra462,2131.07%
Newcastle453,5150.70%
Sunshine Coast353,2811.86%
Central Coast336,7140.54%
Wollongong307,4770.70%

Other Cities in Australia

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

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