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Australia | Queensland | Local Government Areas

Gold Coast (C)

Code LGA33430 (LGA)
People 494,501
Male 241,600
Female 252,901
Median age 37
Families 132,060
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 220,764
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,174
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,075
Median weekly rent $350
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Total 494,501 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 241,600 48.9 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 252,901 51.1 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6,198 1.3 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 494,501 people in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 31,081 6.3 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 29,768 6.0 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 30,882 6.2 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 32,022 6.5 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 34,451 7.0 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 34,786 7.0 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 33,651 6.8 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 35,926 7.3 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 36,097 7.3 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 34,222 6.9 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 32,335 6.5 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 29,025 5.9 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 28,896 5.8 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 22,753 4.6 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 16,967 3.4 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 12,333 2.5 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 10,007 2.0 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 9,300 1.9 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 37 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) was 37 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4% of the population.

Registered marital status Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 186,400 46.3 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 13,882 3.4 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 42,085 10.4 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 20,838 5.2 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 139,565 34.7 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 46.3% were married and 13.9% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 50 -- 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 (C) (Local Government Areas) was 50 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 168,300 46.9 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 41,083 11.4 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 149,641 41.7 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 46.9% of people were in a registered marriage and 11.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 34 years.

Education Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 6,388 4.3 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 25,751 17.4 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 5,795 3.9 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 8,262 5.6 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 16,701 11.3 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 3,433 2.3 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 7,976 5.4 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 9,655 6.5 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 21,176 14.3 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 3,723 2.5 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 39,126 26.4 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 147,986 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) 29.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.9% were in primary school, 19.0% in secondary school and 20.8% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 322,544 65.2 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 160,922 35.4 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 34,450 7.6 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 27,021 5.9 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 232,699 51.1 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 51.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 35.4% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 140,483 56.1 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 78,207 31.3 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 12,954 5.2 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 18,616 7.4 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 250,260 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 250,260 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas). Of these 56.1% were employed full time, 31.3% were employed part-time and 7.4% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 26,642 11.5 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 22,584 9.7 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 28,985 12.5 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 39,685 17.1 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 100,802 43.5 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 11.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.7% worked 16 to 24 hours and 43.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 571 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,379 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,174 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas) was $571.

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

Unpaid work Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 281,393 69.9 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 109,425 27.2 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 38,051 9.4 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 60,116 14.9 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 69.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 9.4% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 14.9% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 93,153 23.1 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 105,706 26.2 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 46,682 11.6 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 35,852 8.9 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 26.2% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.9% 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 53,294 40.4 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 54,252 41.1 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 22,424 17.0 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 2,089 1.6 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 41.1% were couple families with children, 40.4% were couple families without children and 17.0% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Gold Coast (C) % 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 (C) (Local Government 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,896 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,127 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,127 and those without children was $1,896.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 22,824 21.2 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 5,021 4.7 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 22,969 21.4 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 16,009 14.9 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 6,365 5.9 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 21,173 19.7 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 5,959 5.5 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 7,231 6.7 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), of couple families, 21.2% had both partners employed full-time, 4.7% had both employed part-time and 21.4% 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 181,619 87.8 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 25,184 12.2 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 87.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 12.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 109,675 60.4 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 34,218 18.8 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 35,568 19.6 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 1,966 1.1 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 60.4% were separate houses, 18.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.6% were flats, units or apartments and 1.1% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 951 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 9,078 5.0 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 38,507 21.2 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 69,975 38.5 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 59,808 32.9 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 3,299 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 (C) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 5.0% had 1 bedroom, 21.2% had 2 bedrooms and 38.5% 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 47,795 26.3 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 62,790 34.6 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 65,086 35.8 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 1,555 0.9 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 4,392 2.4 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 26.3% were owned outright, 34.6% were owned with a mortgage and 35.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 128,958 71.0 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 41,749 23.0 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 10,912 6.0 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 71.0% were family households, 23.0% were single person households and 6.0% were group households.

Household income Gold Coast (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 23.2 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 8.4 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 23.2% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 8.4% 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 350 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 82.9 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 17.1 -- 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,075 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 86.9 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 13.1 -- 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
None 11,361 6.3 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 65,472 36.0 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 70,374 38.7 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 28,956 15.9 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 5,455 3.0 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), 36.0% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.9% 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 (C) % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 6,195 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 3,069 49.5 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 3,126 50.5 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 21 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Gold Coast (C) (Local Government Areas), there were 6,195 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 3,069 (or 49.5%) were male and 3,126 (or 50.5%) 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 (C) % 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 1,167 -- 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 (C) (Local Government 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 $1,167.

Mortgage and rent Gold Coast (C) % 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 (C) (Local Government Areas), 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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