2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Statistical Area Level 4

Gold Coast

Code 309 (SA4)
People 507,642
Male 248,043
Female 259,599
Median age 38
Families 135,874
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 226,409
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,173
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,058
Median weekly rent $350
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Total 507,642 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 248,043 48.9 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 259,599 51.1 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6,350 1.3 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 507,642 people in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) of these 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.

Age Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 31,850 6.3 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 30,649 6.0 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 31,884 6.3 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 32,805 6.5 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 34,901 6.9 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 35,181 6.9 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 34,213 6.7 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 36,881 7.3 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 37,152 7.3 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 35,298 7.0 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 33,389 6.6 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 30,030 5.9 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 29,901 5.9 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 23,615 4.7 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 17,534 3.5 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 12,676 2.5 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 10,215 2.0 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 9,466 1.9 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 38 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.5% of the population.

Registered marital status Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 192,336 46.5 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 14,219 3.4 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 43,213 10.5 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 21,291 5.2 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 142,201 34.4 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) aged 15 years and over, 46.5% were married and 13.9% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Gold Coast % 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 25 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) was 51 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 173,758 47.1 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 42,036 11.4 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 152,774 41.5 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), of people aged 15 years and over, 47.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 11.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 35 years.

Education Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 6,523 4.3 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 26,862 17.7 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 5,832 3.9 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 8,368 5.5 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 17,328 11.4 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 3,462 2.3 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 8,184 5.4 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 9,843 6.5 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 21,477 14.2 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 3,811 2.5 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 39,753 26.2 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 151,443 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) 29.8% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 27.1% were in primary school, 19.1% in secondary school and 20.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 332,088 65.4 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 164,512 35.2 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 35,490 7.6 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 27,845 6.0 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 239,745 51.3 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 51.3% of people had both parents born in Australia and 35.2% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 143,953 56.1 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 80,409 31.3 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 13,323 5.2 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 18,981 7.4 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 256,666 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 256,666 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4). Of these 56.1% were employed full time, 31.3% were employed part-time and 7.4% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 27,429 11.5 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 23,212 9.8 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 29,770 12.5 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 40,495 17.0 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 103,461 43.5 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 11.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.8% worked 16 to 24 hours and 43.5% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Gold Coast % 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 (Statistical Area Level 4) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 570 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,377 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,173 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) was $570.

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

Unpaid work Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 289,640 70.1 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 112,580 27.2 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 39,294 9.5 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 62,611 15.2 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 9.5% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.2% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 95,204 23.0 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 108,719 26.3 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 48,340 11.7 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 37,375 9.0 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 26.3% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.0% 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 % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 55,049 40.5 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 55,806 41.1 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 22,913 16.9 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 2,106 1.5 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 41.1% were couple families with children, 40.5% were couple families without children and 16.9% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 16.8 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 83.2 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4) 16.8% of single parents were male and 83.2% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,892 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,124 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,124 and those without children was $1,892.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 23,392 21.1 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 5,219 4.7 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 23,645 21.3 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 16,516 14.9 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 6,585 5.9 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 21,897 19.8 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 6,139 5.5 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 7,463 6.7 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), of couple families, 21.1% had both partners employed full-time, 4.7% had both employed part-time and 21.3% 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 % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 186,435 87.8 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 25,833 12.2 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 87.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 12.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 114,295 61.3 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 34,287 18.4 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 35,631 19.1 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 2,030 1.1 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 61.3% were separate houses, 18.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.1% were flats, units or apartments and 1.1% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 965 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 9,209 4.9 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 39,227 21.0 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 72,186 38.7 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 61,497 33.0 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 3,349 1.8 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 (Statistical Area Level 4), of occupied private dwellings 4.9% had 1 bedroom, 21.0% had 2 bedrooms and 38.7% 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 % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 49,382 26.5 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 64,967 34.8 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 66,029 35.4 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 1,578 0.8 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 4,477 2.4 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 26.5% were owned outright, 34.8% were owned with a mortgage and 35.4% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 132,683 71.2 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 42,705 22.9 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 11,046 5.9 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), of all households, 71.2% were family households, 22.9% were single person households and 5.9% were group households.

Household income Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 23.2 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 8.3 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 23.2% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 8.3% 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 % 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 % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,058 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 86.8 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 13.2 -- 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 % Queensland % Australia %
None 11,459 6.1 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 67,002 35.9 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 72,406 38.8 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 30,010 16.1 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 5,556 3.0 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), 35.9% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.8% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.1% 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 % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 6,351 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 3,147 49.6 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 3,204 50.4 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 21 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), there were 6,351 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 3,147 (or 49.6%) were male and 3,204 (or 50.4%) 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 % 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 1,181 -- 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 (Statistical Area Level 4), 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 $1,181.

Mortgage and rent Gold Coast % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 350 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Gold Coast (Statistical Area Level 4), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $350 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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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