Statistics for families & children

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).

The next Census will be conducted by the ABS in August 2021.