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Population growth
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Aug 2020

The population of the Sunshine Coast is forecast to grow to over 500,000 people by 2041. It is anticipated that we will require a total of over 217,230 dwellings.

Council is planning ahead for this increased population through the Environment and Liveability Strategy.

The population, dwelling statistics and demographics of the Sunshine Coast between 2021 and 2041, is forecast below:

  • there will be an increase of approximately 166,580 persons, or over 8,300 people per year
  • the majority of population growth will be provided through net migration (99% of all population growth)
  • the largest of population increases will be those aged 75 years and over, and the second largest will be those 40-54 years (i.e. more established families)
  • there will be an increase of approximately 71,230 dwellings and 68,370 households (or over 3,560 dwellings and 3,420 households per year)

Total population

 2021

2031

2041

351,424 

436,785 

518,004


Population Growth

Measure  2021-2031 2031-2041 
Additional People  85,361  81,218
Proportion Growth   24.3%  18.6%
Average annual change  2.2%  1.7%

Components of growth

Natural increase (births minus deaths)

  2011-2021  2021-2031  2031-2041 
Births  436,983 446,068  856,303 
Deaths  36,783  45,896 53,824
Natural increase  -200  -172  -2,479

 Migration

  2011-2021  2021-2031  2031-2041 
In migration   322,756 382,256 449,356 
Out migration  231,400 299,878 370,120
Net migration  91,356  82,378 79,236

Migration origins (Origin of people who migrated to the Sunshine Coast post 2006)

 Migration source
 Queensland Other States Overseas 
 46% 28%  26% 

Population growth contribution

  2011-2021  2021-2031  2031-2041 
Natural increase  0.2%  0.2%  3.0% 
Net migration  99.8%  99.8%  97.0%

Age group changes

2016-2026 comparison

Sunshine Coast age groups change 2021 and 2041

10 year forecast

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Total dwellings and households

  2021  2031  2041
Dwellings  146,000  182,860   217,230
 Households 142,600 178,020 210,970

Dwelling growth (10 year change)

Measure  2021-2031  2031-2041 
Additional dwellings  36,860  34,375 
Proportion growth 25.2%  18.8% 

Household growth (10 year change)

Measure  2021-2031  2031-2041 
Additional households 35,420 32,950
Proportion growth 24.8% 18.5%

Download a copy of the Population Growth fact sheet[4842KB]

If you would like any further information regarding demographics, please contact council via email or read the full community profile by .idcommunity.