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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 residents346,516100.0100.0306,903100.0100.0+39,613
Males167,30548.349.4148,63648.449.6+18,669
Females179,21351.750.6158,26751.650.4+20,946
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years61,82517.819.458,04318.920.2+3,782
15 - 24 years37,69810.913.034,27311.213.6+3,425
25 - 54 years127,39536.840.5117,18038.241.5+10,215
55 - 64 Years47,11513.611.841,52213.511.6+5,593
65 years and over72,48620.915.355,88518.213.1+16,601
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school28,6398.38.526,5738.78.8+2,066
Secondary school22,1256.46.319,1816.26.0+2,944
TAFE4,9461.41.64,8211.61.8+125
University12,5143.64.59,3353.04.0+3,179
Diversity--------------
Total overseas born68,69919.821.660,72519.820.5+7,974
Speaks language other than English at home17,3015.011.812,4984.19.7+4,803
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,6100.51.81,0370.31.4+573
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree48,56417.118.335,44514.215.9+13,119
Advanced Diploma or Diploma29,25810.38.722,5709.17.5+6,688
Certificate level67,52523.721.355,38522.319.9+12,140
No qualification110,79338.940.9109,36243.945.8+1,431
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--------------
Owned45,81433.127.441,41133.528.4+4,403
Purchasing42,54530.731.438,70331.332.6+3,842
Renting38,02127.432.235,50428.732.0+2,517
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house110,38870.473.6103,07072.675.7+7,318
Medium house27,68017.715.723,85316.815.2+3,827
High density13,7998.87.810,9527.76.5+2,847

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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