Central Coast is a New South Wales region located on 77 km north of Sydney. With a population over 309,000, the city is 3rd most populous place in NSW. It also ranks 9th largest urban centre by population in Australia.
Based on our research, Central Coast population will reach 324,218 by the end of June 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) always follow Australian financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.66% over last 11 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.
Population Growth of Central Coast
Looking back last eleven years of Central Coast’s population, overall the growth rate is healthy and consistent ranging from 0.61% to 0.70%, adding around 1,907 to 2,160 people each year to the overall population. If you compare the 2011 and 2016 census figure, the growth rate is only 3.37% over 5 years period, grow by 10,029 people. The reasons contribute to the strong population growth is that employment rate and birth rate are strong over the years. On the other hand, it is close to Sydney and with lower house price is another reason to attract people to live here. The growth is below the national population growth rate.
Demographics of Central Coast
According to the latest census, 48.3 percent of people living in Central Coast are male, while 50.7% are female. Average age in Central Coast is 42. The top countries of birth are: Australia 78.8%, England 4.6%, New Zealand 1.7%, Scotland 0.6%, Philippines 0.6% and South Africa 0.5%. The top spoken languages at home are: English 88.5%, Spanish 0.5%, Mandarin 0.5%, Italian 0.3%, German 0.3% and Cantonese 0.3%.
The religious groups in Central Coast consist of:
No Religion, so described 27.6%, Catholic 24.8%, Anglican 22.5%, Not stated 8.1% and Uniting Church 3.2%. In Central Coast, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (67.1%).
Population Density of Central Coast
Central Coast population density is 570 people per square kilometer.
Occupations and Industries
According to census, the main occupations of people living in Central Coast are: Professionals 18.6%, Technicians and Trades Workers 15.4%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 12.6%, and Managers 10.9%.
The main industries people from Central Coast work in are 4.2% worked in Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals). Other major industries of employment included Aged Care Residential Services 3.3%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.8%, Takeaway Food Services 2.4% and Cafes and Restaurants 2.1%.
In terms of working hours, 12.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 39.9% worked 40 hours or more.
Facts About Central Coast
- Of the families in Central Coast, 41.1% were couple families with children, 37.9% were couple families without children and 19.7% were one parent families.
- Central Coast includes the region bounded by the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north.
- The largest theatre on the Central Coast is The Art House, Wyong, which opened in May 2016.
- In Central Coast, 62.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 18.5% of people had both parents born overseas.
- On 2 December 2005, the Central Coast was officially recognised as a stand-alone region rather than an extension of Sydney or the Hunter Valley.
- Central Coast is located north of Sydney and south of second largest NSW’s city Newcastle, it promote itself as “playground of two cities”.
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