Population Growth
  • Last updated:
  • 10 Jul 2018

The population of the Sunshine Coast is forecast to grow to over 385,000 people by 2026. It is anticipated that we will require a total of over 168,000 dwellings.

The population, dwelling statistics and demographics of the Sunshine Coast between 2016 and 2026, is forecast below:

  • there will be an increase of approximately 83,300 persons, or over 8,300 people per year
  • the majority of population growth will be provided through net migration (97% of all population growth)
  • the largest of population increases will be those aged 35-39 years and those 0-4 years and 5-9 years (i.e. younger and more established families)
  • there will be an increase of approximately 36,700 dwellings and 32,700 households (or over 3,670 dwellings and 3,270 households per year)

Total population

 2016

2021

2026 

303,392 

345,782 

386,692


Population Growth

Measure  2016-2021 2021-2026 
Additional People  42,389  40,910
Proportion Growth   14.0%  11.8%
Average annual change  2.7%  2.3%

Components of growth

Natural increase (births minus deaths)

  2016-2021  2021-2026  2016-2026 
Births  19,364 22,084  41,448 
Deaths  19,985  22,248  42,233
Natural increase  -621  -164  -785

 Migration

  2016-2021  2021-2026  2016-2026 
In migration   165,928 182,578  348,506 
Out migration  124,765  141,668 266,433 
Net migration  41,163  40,910  82,073

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

 Migration source
 Queensland Other States Overseas 
 37% 52%  11% 

Population growth contribution

  2016-2021  2021-2026  2016-2026 
Natural increase  -1.5%  -0.4%  -0.9% 
Net migration  97.1%  99.9%  98.5%

Age group changes

2016-2026 comparison

graph showing differences in age groups 2016 and 2026)

10 year forecast

 graph showing variations in age groups over 10 years (2016 - 2026)

Total dwellings and households

  2016  2021  2026 
Dwellings  131,730  150,217   168,448
 Households 120,609 137,058 153,315 

Dwelling growth (5 year change)

Measure  2016-2021  2021-2026 
Additional dwellings  18,487  18,231 
Proportion growth 14.0%  12.1% 

Household growth (5 year change)

Measure  2016-2021  2021-2026 
Additional households 16,449 16,257 
Proportion growth 13.6% 11.9%

Download a copy of the Population Growth Infographic[4367KB].

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