Statistics for cultural diversity
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 per cent of residents born overseas. This is a higher proportion than Queensland (21.6 per cent) and Australia (26.3 per cent).
- 12 per cent 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 per cent, and the number of residents from a non-English speaking background increased by 14,717 or 28.5 per cent.
- 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 per cent), higher than Queensland (4.3 per cent) and Australia (2.2 per cent).
- Just over 12 per cent of Gold Coast residents speak a language other than English at home which is similar to Queensland (also 12 per cent) yet less than Australia (20.8 per cent).
- 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 per cent 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).
The next Census will be conducted by the ABS in August 2021.
View interactive maps showing the distribution of our culturally diverse population across the Gold Coast.
For more demographic data, visit our Population profile page, or contact us by phone 07 5581 6502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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