Sunshine Coast

Market characteristics

Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

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

Data source

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

Current benchmark:
Market characteristics
Sunshine Coast20162011Change
NameNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2011
Population summary--------------
Total residents294,367100.0100.0258,015100.0100.0+36,352
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years53,38218.119.449,45119.220.2+3,931
15 - 24 years33,01411.213.029,53311.413.6+3,481
25 - 54 years109,40237.240.598,92638.341.5+10,476
55 - 64 Years38,67513.111.833,83613.111.6+4,839
65 years and over59,90220.315.346,24717.913.1+13,655
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school24,6788.48.522,4928.78.8+2,186
Secondary school18,8296.46.316,2656.36.0+2,564
Total overseas born57,46019.521.650,02819.420.5+7,432
Speaks language other than English at home14,6895.011.810,3514.09.7+4,338
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,4120.51.88860.31.4+526
Bachelor or higher degree40,75016.918.329,40214.115.9+11,348
Advanced Diploma or Diploma24,46610.28.718,5788.97.5+5,888
Certificate level57,54023.921.346,82022.419.9+10,720
No qualification94,45039.240.992,48144.345.8+1,969
Household income--------------
Nill to $64920,80018.717.6--------
$650 to $1,49937,65133.830.4--------
$1,500 to $2,44923,80521.322.3--------
$2,500 or more 17,73215.919.2--------
Housing tenure--------------
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house90,75369.873.684,23972.275.7+6,514
Medium house22,56017.415.719,18216.415.2+3,378
High density12,5609.77.89,7898.46.5+2,771

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions). Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,

Sunshine Coast Council

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