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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Market characteristics

The RDA Sunshine Coast Region has a lower proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to Queensland.

The people who live in an area are one of the most important resources that an economy draws upon, both as a market that consumes goods and services and as a source of labour.

This table provides an overview of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about the RDA Sunshine Coast Region's resident population, including neighbourhood profiles, can be found in the Community Profile.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Key statistics of local residents
RDA Sunshine Coast Region20162011Change
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Population summary--------------
Total residents346,516100.0100.0306,912100.0100.0+39,604
Males167,30548.349.4148,64748.449.6+18,658
Females179,21351.750.6158,27351.650.4+20,940
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years61,82517.819.458,06418.920.2+3,761
15 - 24 years37,69810.913.034,27911.213.6+3,419
25 - 54 years127,39536.840.5117,17938.241.5+10,216
55 - 64 Years47,11513.611.841,53813.511.6+5,577
65 years and over72,48620.915.355,83218.213.1+16,654
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school28,6398.38.526,5688.78.8+2,071
Secondary school22,1256.46.319,1776.26.0+2,948
TAFE4,9461.41.64,8151.61.8+131
University12,5143.64.59,3483.04.0+3,166
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born68,69919.821.660,69519.820.5+8,004
Speaks language other than English at home17,3015.011.812,5004.19.7+4,801
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,6100.51.81,0360.31.4+574
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree48,56417.118.335,43714.215.9+13,127
Advanced Diploma or Diploma29,25810.38.722,5739.17.5+6,685
Certificate level67,52523.721.355,38422.319.9+12,141
No qualification110,79338.940.9109,37144.045.8+1,422
Household income--------------
Nill to $64925,03118.917.6--------
$650 to $1,49944,96233.930.4--------
$1,500 to $2,44928,00221.122.3--------
$2,500 or more 20,74815.619.2--------
Housing tenure--------------
Owned45,81433.127.441,41233.428.4+4,402
Purchasing42,54530.731.438,68931.232.6+3,856
Renting38,02127.432.235,51128.732.0+2,510
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house110,38870.473.6103,06672.675.7+7,322
Medium house27,68017.715.723,82716.815.2+3,853
High density13,7998.87.810,9657.76.5+2,834

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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