2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Significant Urban Areas

Gold Coast - Tweed Heads

Code 3006 (SUA)
People 557,822
Male 271,876
Female 285,946
Median age 38
Families 149,439
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 251,284
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,125
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,015
Median weekly rent $350
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Total 557,822 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 271,876 48.7 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 285,946 51.3 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 8,631 1.5 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 557,822 people in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) of these 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.5% of the population.

Age Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 34,590 6.2 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 33,299 6.0 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 34,769 6.2 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 35,854 6.4 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 37,198 6.7 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 37,563 6.7 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 36,547 6.6 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 39,543 7.1 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 39,970 7.2 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 38,339 6.9 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 36,644 6.6 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 33,042 5.9 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 33,154 5.9 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 26,705 4.8 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 20,504 3.7 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 15,689 2.8 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 12,735 2.3 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 11,677 2.1 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 38 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.7% of the population.

Registered marital status Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 211,351 46.4 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 15,796 3.5 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 48,109 10.6 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 25,530 5.6 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 154,376 33.9 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) aged 15 years and over, 46.4% were married and 14.0% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) was 51 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 190,976 47.0 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 45,562 11.2 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 169,619 41.8 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 47.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 11.2% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 35 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 36 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) was 51 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 35 years.

Education Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 7,308 4.4 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 29,019 17.6 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 6,761 4.1 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 8,732 5.3 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 19,293 11.7 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 4,247 2.6 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 8,514 5.2 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 11,031 6.7 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 22,644 13.7 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 4,067 2.5 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 43,634 26.4 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 165,250 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) 29.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.9% were in primary school, 19.4% in secondary school and 20.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 372,393 66.8 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 172,305 33.5 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 38,710 7.5 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 29,952 5.8 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 273,273 53.1 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 53.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 33.5% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 153,190 55.4 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 87,830 31.8 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 14,534 5.3 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 20,758 7.5 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 276,312 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 276,312 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas). Of these 55.4% were employed full time, 31.8% were employed part-time and 7.5% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 30,048 11.8 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 25,223 9.9 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 32,559 12.7 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 43,611 17.1 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 109,583 42.9 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 11.8% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 42.9% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 41 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 39 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

Occupation Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 553 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,340 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,125 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) was $553.

Travel to work, top responses Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 317,110 69.7 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 122,534 26.9 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 44,355 9.7 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 68,751 15.1 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 69.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 26.9% provided care for children and 9.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 103,092 22.6 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 118,732 26.1 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 53,676 11.8 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 41,610 9.1 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 26.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.1% worked 30 hours or more.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition | weekly incomes | employment status of couple families

Families — family composition
Family composition Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 61,308 41.0 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 60,201 40.3 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 25,625 17.1 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 2,305 1.5 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 40.3% were couple families with children, 41.0% were couple families without children and 17.1% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 16.7 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 83.3 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas) 16.7% of single parents were male and 83.3% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,877 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,108 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,108 and those without children was $1,877.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 24,550 20.2 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 5,675 4.7 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 25,560 21.0 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 17,554 14.4 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 7,270 6.0 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 25,947 21.4 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 6,679 5.5 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 8,274 6.8 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), of couple families, 20.2% had both partners employed full-time, 4.7% had both employed part-time and 21.0% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | household composition | mortgage & rent | number of motor vehicles

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling type Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 207,201 88.0 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 28,372 12.0 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 88.0% of private dwellings were occupied and 12.0% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 124,396 60.0 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 40,247 19.4 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 39,370 19.0 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 2,964 1.4 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 60.0% were separate houses, 19.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.0% were flats, units or apartments and 1.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 1,083 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 10,407 5.0 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 44,829 21.6 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 81,061 39.1 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 65,921 31.8 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 3,897 1.9 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), of occupied private dwellings 5.0% had 1 bedroom, 21.6% had 2 bedrooms and 39.1% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.5 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 58,143 28.1 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 69,438 33.5 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 72,632 35.1 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 1,813 0.9 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 5,174 2.5 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 28.1% were owned outright, 33.5% were owned with a mortgage and 35.1% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 146,021 70.5 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 49,302 23.8 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 11,875 5.7 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), of all households, 70.5% were family households, 23.8% were single person households and 5.7% were group households.

Household income Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 24.6 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 7.8 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 24.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 7.8% of households had a weekly income of more than $3,000.

Dwellings — mortgage & rent

Proportions are calculated using all tenure types for occupied private dwellings. This excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Rent weekly payments Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 350 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 83.1 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 16.9 -- 11.9 -- 10.4
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households whose rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which are not renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Mortgage monthly repayments Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,015 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.3 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.7 -- 9.7 -- 9.9
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households who own their dwelling, and whose mortgage payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which were renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
None 13,545 6.5 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 76,807 37.1 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 78,641 38.0 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 31,731 15.3 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 6,474 3.1 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), 37.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.3% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

Expand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people category,
includes selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
People characteristics Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 8,633 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 4,317 50.0 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 4,316 50.0 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 21 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), there were 8,633 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 4,317 (or 50.0%) were male and 4,316 (or 50.0%) were female. The median age was 21 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,126 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,126.

Mortgage and rent Gold Coast - Tweed Heads % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 338 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,080 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Gold Coast - Tweed Heads (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $338 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,080.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 28/03/2013

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics | It contains data from the 2011 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2011 | Release date of this QuickStat was 28 March 2013 | Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data | These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats | For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2011 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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