Coffs Harbour Population 2024

Coffs Harbour population

Coffs Harbour is a coastal city of New South Wale. The city has an estimated population of over 79,000 people. The city is located 540 km north of Sydney and 390km south of Brisbane. In 2002, Coffs Harbour won an international “Bloom award” for population 20,001–75,000.

Based on our research, Coffs population will reach 80,452 by June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics ABS always follow Australia financial year when publish the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.97% over last 12 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 Coffs Harbour

Looking back last twelve years of Coffs Harbour’s population growth, the growth rate is very consistent ranging from 0.86% to 1.18%, adding around 612 to 868 people each year to the overall population.

The growth is coming from organic growth, which means people are happy with their life in Coffs Harbour. Not many people moving or out. Coastal relaxing life style attracts lot of young people and retired people living in Coffs Harbour.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 70,972  n/a
2012 71,584  0.86%
2013 72,317  1.02%
2014 73,047 1.01%
2015 73,773 0.99%
2016 74,641 1.18%
2017 75,320 0.91%
2018 76,010 0.92%
2019 76,758 0.98%
2020 77,520 1.00%
2021 78,228 0.91%
2022 78,970 0.95%
2023 79,680 0.90%


Demographics of Coffs Harbour

According to Australia census, Coffs Harbour is a diverse city, with a small number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. The top four ancestries for people in Coffs are: Australian (75.5%), England (3.2%), New Zealand (1.3%) and Myanmar (1.1%). The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Coffs Harbour are: Italian, Punjabi, German, French and Mandarin.

The religious makeup of Coffs Harbour is: Catholic (20.0%), Anglican (17.9%), Presbyterian and Reformed (3.9%), no religion (29.3%).

Population Density of Coffs Harbour

Coffs size is 1,175 km2, so Coffs Harbour’s population density is 64 people per km2, which is one of the most populated cities in New South Wales.

Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in Coffs Harbour are 17.4% Professionals, 14.6% Clerical & administrative workers, 13.8% Technicians & trades workers, 12.6% Sales workers, 12.2% Managers, 12.0% Community & personal service workers, 11.0% Labourers, 4.9% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.5% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Coffs Harbour work in are 16.1% Health care and social assistance, 15.3% Retail trade, 11.3% Accommodation and food services, 8.2% Construction, 7.3% Education and training, 6.3% Public administration and safety, 4.8% Professional, scientific and technical services, 4.5% Other services, 4.5% Manufacturing.

Facts About Coffs Harbour

  1. Coffs Harbour owes its name to John Korff, who named the area Korff’s Harbour when he was forced to take shelter from storm in the area in 1847.
  2.  Coffs Harbour was the hub for a thriving banana industry. One of the biggest attractions is the Big Banana,
  3.  Coffs Harbour is home to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) which is a partnership between the Southern Cross University, TAFE and the Coffs Harbour Senior College.
  4. The city is relatively sunny, receiving 122.1 clear days annually, higher than Brisbane and Cairns.
  5. Hollywood actor, Russell Crowe has a 791-section of land ranch in Nana Glen, close to Coffs Harbor.
  6.  Coffs Harbour is 26th largest city in Australia by population, which accounts for 0.29% of Australia population.
  7. Coffs Harbour postcode is 2450.
  8. Average age in Coffs Harbour is 43, which is higher than national average (38).


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