Population growth infographic

The population growth fast facts infographic provides a 2 page summary of the growth in population and dwellings on the Sunshine Coast experienced between 2011 and 2021.

Population growth infographic

The population of the Sunshine Coast grew by over 79,000 people between 2011 and 2021, and is forecast to grow to over 540,000 people by 2046. It is anticipated that in order to accommodate the population of 2046, we will require a total of over 234,000 dwellings.

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

The population growth fact sheet (PDF, 741KB) provides a summary of the growth of the Sunshine Coast between 2011 and 2021. Key findings include:

  • there was an increase of over 79,000 people. This was a 30% increase on the 2011 figure
  • the population growth between 2016 and 2021 was one of the highest on record
  • the number of people moving to the area continues to increase, with over half of new arrivals coming from other parts of Qld, one in three from other States, and one in five from oversea
  • of all population growth between 2011 and 2021, over 80% was from migration, with the remainder coming from natural increase (births minus deaths)
  • the largest population increases was for those aged 70-74 years and over, followed by those aged 65-69 years and 75-79 years
  • there was an increase of over 24,400 dwellings and 24,900 households (or almost 2,450 dwellings and 2,500 households per year).

If you would like any more information regarding demographics, please email [email protected] or read the full community profile by .idcommunity.


Queensland Government population projections, 2023 edition; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional population by age and sex, 2021.

Queensland Government household and dwelling projections 2023 edition; 2021 dwelling figures sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2021 Census of Population and Housing.