Cultural diversity profile
These key statistics, taken from the 2011 Census, reflect the city’s cultural diversity.
Country of birth
The Gold Coast population is extremely diverse with 27.9 per cent of residents born overseas. This is a higher proportion than Queensland (20.5 per cent) and Australia (24.62 per cent). Close to one per cent identify with an Indigenous heritage.
10.4 per cent of Gold Coast residents come from countries where English is not the first language. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of residents born overseas increased by 28,274 or 25.8 per cent, and the number of residents from a non-English speaking background increased by 10,693 or 26.1 per cent.
The largest changes in birthplace countries of the Gold Coast population between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in New Zealand (with an additional 10,124 persons). In 2011, after Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth (8.6 per cent), higher than Queensland (4.4 per cent) and Australia (2.2 per cent).
Just over one tenth (10.2 per cent) of Gold Coast residents speak a language other than English at home, compared to 9.8 per cent in Queensland as a whole.
After English, the most frequently spoken language is Japanese, followed by Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Italian, German and Spanish.
The most practiced religion on the Gold Coast is Christianity. A total of 313,083 people identified as being Christian at the time of the 2011 Census.
The other most common religions practiced within the city were Buddhism (7949 persons), Islam (4036 persons), and Hinduism (2570 persons).
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Gold Coast City between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (15,040 persons), Anglican (7251 persons), Christian, not further described (6179 persons), and Buddhism (2475).
The next (2016) Census will be conducted in August 2016.
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