We are currently updating our population summaries and factsheets with 2021 Census data. Click the 'Subscribe to this page' button at the bottom of this page to receive updates. Key statistics These statistics relate to City of Gold Coast families and children. Household composition According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census of Population and Housing: Family households formed 71% of all households in the city, which equates to 145,416 families 25,027 were one parent families with children (17.2% of families) 57,379 were couple families without children (39.5% of families) 60,903 were couple families with children (41.9% of families). Age structure & distribution According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019 Regional population by age and sex data: The number of children in City of Gold Coast is increasing, with approximately 11,800 more children aged 0 to 14 years old compared to five years ago. Children aged 14 years and under formed 18.2% of the city's population. There were 36,070 children aged 0 to 4 years (5.8% of the population). There were 38,814 children aged 5 to 9 years (6.3% of the population). There were 38,002 children aged 10 to 14 (6.1% of the population). A high percentage of families with children live in the north of the city. Education According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census of Population and Housing: 7553 children were attending preschool on the Gold Coast. 43,802 children were attending primary school. Disability & need for assistance According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census of Population and Housing: 1600 Gold Coast children aged 0 to 9 years old had a profound or severe disability. There were 2746 children aged 0–14 years who needed assistance in one or more of the three core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication, because of a disability or long-term health condition (lasting six months or more).