Statistics for cultural diversity

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The following key statistics illustrate the cultural diversity of the Gold Coast:

Country of birth

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census of Population and Housing:

  • The Gold Coast population is extremely diverse with 28.3% of residents born overseas. This is a higher proportion than Queensland (21.6%) and Australia (26.3%).
  • 12% of Gold Coast residents come from countries where English is not the first language. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of residents born overseas increased by 19,129 or 13.9%, and the number of residents from a non-English speaking background increased by 14,717 or 28.5%.
  • The largest changes in birthplace countries of the Gold Coast population between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in China (with an additional 3527 residents), followed by New Zealand (an additional 1646 residents). In 2016, after Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth (8%), higher than Queensland (4.3%) and Australia (2.2%).


  • Just over 12% of Gold Coast residents speak a language other than English at home which is similar to Queensland (also 12%) yet less than Australia (20.8% ).
  • After English, the most frequently spoken language is Mandarin followed by Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Cantonese, Filipino/Tagalog, Italian, and Portuguese.


  • The most practiced religion on the Gold Coast is Christianity. A total of 296,728 residents identified as being Christian at the time of the 2016 Census - a 10% decrease from 2011 (or 16,355 residents).
  • The other most common religions practiced within the city were Buddhism (8793 residents), Islam (4400 residents), and Hinduism (4012 residents).

More information

View interactive maps showing the distribution of our culturally diverse population across the Gold Coast.

For more demographic data, visit our Population data page, or contact us by phone 07 5581 6502 or email