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Community Profile

The Gold Coast City Community Profile presents data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population of Housing (1991 to 2016) for the Gold Coast City Local Government area, and for smaller areas within the city.

The data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary covering a wide range of Census questions. This information enables you to examine the population characteristics of your community, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas.

Cultural diversity

The Gold Coast population is extremely diverse with almost one in three Gold Coast residents recorded as born overseas in the 2016 Census (28.3%, or 157,194 people). This is a higher proportion than Queensland (21.6%) and Australia (26.3%).

A social profile report for the Gold Coast non-English speaking population is available on our 'Social Planning and Research Reports' page. This report includes 2011 Census information for non-English speaking Gold Coast residents presented in charts, commentary and analysis.

Gold Coast population fact sheets

These fact sheets for the City of Gold Coast provide estimated resident population figures, growth rates, and population density by small areas within the city.

Indigenous people

Close to two per cent of the Gold Coast population identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the 2016 Census (1.7%, or 9,263 people).

People with disabilities

The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012, conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, revealed 82,400 people with a disability living on the Gold Coast (14.6% of the city’s population). Many of these residents are over 65 years of age (44 per cent compared to 39 per cent for Queensland). Residents aged under 34 years comprise 16.5% of this population (compared to 21 per cent for Queensland).

Within this population, 32 per cent had a profound or severe disability, 47 per cent had a moderate or mild disability and 41 per cent had a disability which restricted their schooling and/or employment only.

According to the 2016 Census, 27,500 Gold Coast residents are living with a profound or severe disability - representing 4.9% of the city's total population. 

A social profile report for people with a disability on the Gold Coast is available on the 'Social Planning and Research Reports' page. This report includes 2011 Census information on the Gold Coast population who need assistance with core daily activities areas of self-care, mobility and communication, presented in charts, with commentary and analysis.


In 2016, residents aged 65 years or over accounted for 16.4% of the Gold Coast population (91,411 people). By 2031, the number of senior residents (aged over 65 years) is expected to increase by almost 2.2 times - accounting for over 20.2% of the city’s population. The ageing population will see increasing levels of disability on the Gold Coast.

A social profile report for senior Gold Coast residents is available on the 'Social Planning and Research Reports' page. This report includes 2011 Census information on Gold Coast residents aged 65 years and over, presented in charts, commentary and analysis.

Social infrastructure planning

Social Infrastructure Plans

City of Gold Coast has developed Social Infrastructure Plans for a number of high needs areas in the city. The development of these plans involved extensive consultation with residents, service providers and government agencies operating in these areas. The plans include the following information:

Young people

At the time of the 2016 Census, Gold Coast residents aged 0 to 24 years represented 31 per cent of the city's population.

Social profile reports for Gold Coast infants and children (0-11 years) and young adults (12-25 years) are available on the 'Social Planning and Research Reports' page. These reports include 2011 Census information which is presented in charts, commentary and analysis.

Further information

If you require further information, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6208 or email

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