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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Queensland | State Suburbs

Surfers Paradise

Code SSC31560 (SSC)
People 19,668
Male 10,259
Female 9,409
Median age 36
Families 4,247
Average children per family 1.5
All private dwellings 14,637
Average people per household 1.9
Median weekly household income $974
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,968
Median weekly rent $325
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.3
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Total 19,668 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 10,259 52.2 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 9,409 47.8 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 136 0.7 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 19,668 people in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) of these 52.2% were male and 47.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.7% of the population.

Age Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 589 3.0 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 462 2.3 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 489 2.5 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 844 4.3 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 2,730 13.9 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 2,740 13.9 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 1,683 8.6 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 1,259 6.4 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 1,087 5.5 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 1,080 5.5 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 1,139 5.8 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 1,175 6.0 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 1,213 6.2 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 1,031 5.2 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 783 4.0 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 553 2.8 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 442 2.2 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 368 1.9 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 7.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 5,921 32.7 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 700 3.9 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 2,166 11.9 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 813 4.5 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 8,530 47.0 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) aged 15 years and over, 32.7% were married and 15.8% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 54 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 56 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 77 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) was 54 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 4,753 32.3 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 2,131 14.5 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 7,823 53.2 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 32.3% of people were in a registered marriage and 14.5% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 55 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 29 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 34 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) was 55 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 29 years.

Education Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 79 1.3 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 272 4.5 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 63 1.0 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 205 3.4 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 186 3.1 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 40 0.7 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 192 3.2 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 517 8.5 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 1,224 20.1 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 352 5.8 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 2,950 48.5 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 6,080 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) 30.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 8.9% were in primary school, 6.9% in secondary school and 28.6% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 9,711 49.4 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 7,837 46.9 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 1,052 6.3 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 887 5.3 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 6,941 41.5 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 41.5% of people had both parents born in Australia and 46.9% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 5,764 54.6 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 3,296 31.2 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 488 4.6 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 1,007 9.5 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 10,555 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 10,555 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs). Of these 54.6% were employed full time, 31.2% were employed part-time and 9.5% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 895 9.4 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 1,104 11.6 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 1,290 13.5 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 1,650 17.3 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 4,110 43.1 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 9.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 43.1% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 36 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 30 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) was 36 years and for people who were employed part-time was 30 years.

Occupation Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

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

Median weekly incomes Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 596 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,258 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 974 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) was $596.

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

Unpaid work Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 10,762 59.4 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,360 13.0 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 1,235 6.8 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 2,130 11.8 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 59.4% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 13.0% provided care for children and 6.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 11.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 4,521 24.9 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 3,993 22.0 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 1,379 7.6 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 868 4.8 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 22.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 7.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 4.8% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 2,609 61.4 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 922 21.7 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 572 13.5 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 143 3.4 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 21.7% were couple families with children, 61.4% were couple families without children and 13.5% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 22.2 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 77.8 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs) 22.2% of single parents were male and 77.8% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,693 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,372 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,372 and those without children was $1,693.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 747 21.2 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 288 8.2 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 551 15.6 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 450 12.8 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 249 7.1 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 834 23.6 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 162 4.6 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 248 7.0 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), of couple families, 21.2% had both partners employed full-time, 8.2% had both employed part-time and 15.6% 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 Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 8,598 66.8 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 4,269 33.2 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 66.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 33.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 1,275 14.8 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 855 9.9 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 6,425 74.7 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 4 0.0 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 14.8% were separate houses, 9.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 74.7% were flats, units or apartments and 0.0% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 165 1.9 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 2,087 24.3 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 3,770 43.8 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 1,551 18.0 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 730 8.5 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 297 3.5 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 1.9 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), of occupied private dwellings 24.3% had 1 bedroom, 43.8% had 2 bedrooms and 18.0% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.1. The average household size was 1.9 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 1,962 22.8 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 1,603 18.6 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 4,649 54.1 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 45 0.5 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 340 4.0 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 22.8% were owned outright, 18.6% were owned with a mortgage and 54.1% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 4,189 48.7 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 3,318 38.6 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 1,091 12.7 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), of all households, 48.7% were family households, 38.6% were single person households and 12.7% were group households.

Household income Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 28.1 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 6.5 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 28.1% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 6.5% 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 Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 325 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 69.2 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 30.8 -- 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 Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,968 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.6 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.4 -- 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 Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
None 1,331 15.5 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 4,193 48.8 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 2,059 24.0 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 607 7.1 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 407 4.7 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), 48.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 24.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 7.1% 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 Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 135 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 74 54.8 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 61 45.2 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 27 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), there were 135 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 74 (or 54.8%) were male and 61 (or 45.2%) were female. The median age was 27 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 2.2 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 766 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.2, with 1.3 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $766.

Mortgage and rent Surfers Paradise % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 310 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,083 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Surfers Paradise (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $310 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,083.

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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