Sunshine Coast is a Queensland city located on 100km north of Brisbane. With a population over 370,000, the city is the 3rd most populous place in Queensland by population after Brisbane and Gold Coast. It is also the 9th most populous city in Australia. The Sunshine Coast is very popular for tourists, attracting more than 3.2 million visitors a year.
Based on our research, Sunshine Coast population will reach 388,965 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 1.61% 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 Sunshine Coast
After the 1980s, the Sunshine Coast experienced rapid population growth. As of 2016 it had become one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. Looking back last eight years of Sunshine Coast’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.21% to 2.24%, adding around 4,198 to 7,240 people each year to the overall population. The reasons contribute to the population growth is that tourism is consistently strong over the years. Tourism creates a lot of job opportunities in Sunshine Coast. The growth is pretty much align with the national population growth.
Demographics of Sunshine Coast
According to census, 48.3 percent of people living in Sunshine Coast are male, while 51.7% are female. Average age in Sunshine Coast is 44. The top countries of birth are: Australia 73.7%, England 6.2%, New Zealand 4.5%, South Africa 1.0%, Germany 0.7% and Scotland 0.6%. The other top languages spoken are: English 89.1%, German 0.6%, French 0.3%, Italian 0.3%, Afrikaans 0.3% and Dutch 0.3%.
The religious groups in Sunshine Coast consist of: No Religion 34.0%, Catholic 18.2%, Anglican 16.8%, not stated 9.1% and Uniting Church 5.2%. In Sunshine Coast, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (59.3%).
Population Density of Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast population density is 212 people per square kilometer.
Occupations and Industries
According to census, the main occupations of people living in Sunshine Coast are Professionals 19.1%, Technicians and Trades Workers 16.1%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 12.2%, and Managers 11.9%.
The main industries people from Sunshine Coast work in are 4.2% worked in Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals). Other major industries of employment included Cafes and Restaurants 3.3%, Aged Care Residential Services 2.7%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.7% and Primary Education 2.4%.
In terms of working hours, 13.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.0% worked 16 to 24 hours and 39.6% worked 40 hours or more.
Facts About Sunshine Coast
- The Sunshine Coast covers an area of 3,127 square kilometres making it roughly the same size as California’s world famous Yosemite National Park.
- Mount Coolum is the world’s second largest rock behind none other than world famous Uluru.
- The saying “fair dinkum” was originated from the Sunshine Coast.
- There are 4,558 households on the Coast that don’t speak English at home. This includes a staggering 1,762 families that only speak German in their roost, 872 families only speaking Italian, 785 Dutch, 717 French and 422 only speaking Spanish at home..
- The Coast has the most yoga, meditation, organic stores and juice-cleanse bars than any other region in the country per capita.
- Sunshine Coast has many well-known beaches. Kings Beach was voted the state’s best beach by Surf Life Saving Queensland, while Mooloolaba Beach ranked sixth and Noosa Main Beach polled ninth in TripAdvisor’s top 25 beaches in Australia.
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