Census 2016: Queensland population booms in Buderim, Surfers Paradise and Caloundra
QUEENSLANDERS are flocking to the sand and surf to live, with last year’s census data, released on Tuesday revealing our southeast coastal areas are the fastest growing.
Buderim, Surfers Paradise and Caloundra have all topped the list in terms of population growth, growing 19 per cent, 15 per cent and almost 16 per cent respectively since 2011.
The Gold Coast has also had a population boom since 2011.
Queensland also remained the premiere destination for Kiwis making the move across the ditch.
More than one in three of the 98,000 New Zealanders who migrated to Australia since 2011 settled in the Sunshine State.
New Zealand (4.3 per cent) remains the most commonly reported country of birth outside Australia for people in Queensland, followed by England (3.8 per cent) and India (1.0 per cent).
Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said Census data is high quality because of the high participation rate in last year’s survey.
“The 2016 Census had a response rate of 95.1 per cent and a net undercount of 1.0 per cent. This is a quality result, comparable to both previous Australian Censuses and Censuses in other countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom,” he said.
“Furthermore, 63 per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements.
“2016 Census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years.”
KEY FINDINGS OF CENSUS 2016
* There were 23,717,421 people in Australia on Census night, which included 23,401,892 people who usually live in Australia- an 8.8 per cent increase from 2011. More than 600,000 Australians were travelling overseas.
* NSW remains our most populous state, with 7,480,228 people counted, ahead of Victoria (5,926,624) and Queensland (4,703,193).
* The Australian Capital Territory experienced the largest population growth of any state or territory over the past five years, adding more than 40,000 new residents — an increase of 11 per cent.
* Greater Sydney is Australia’s largest population centre with 4,823,991 people, growing at 1656 every week since the previous Census.
* 1.3 million new migrants have come to Australia since 2011, hailing from some of the 180 countries of birth recorded in the Census, with China (191,000) and India (163,000) being the most common countries of birth of new arrivals.
* Of all Australian residents, just more than a quarter of people (26 per cent) said they were born overseas, with England remaining the most common country of birth other than Australia. For the first time in our history, the majority of people born overseas are now from Asia, not Europe.
* We remain a predominantly English speaking country, with 72.7 per cent of people reporting they speak only English at home. Tasmania had the highest rate of people speaking only English at home with 88 per cent, while the Northern Territory had the lowest rate at 58 per cent.
* Australia also remains a predominantly religious country, with 60 per cent of people reporting a religious affiliation. However, the proportion of people reporting no religion increased to 30 per cent in 2016 — up from 22 per cent five years ago, and nearly double the 16 per cent in 2001.
* Australians are getting older with 664,473 additional people aged 65 and over since 2011.
Article provided by the Gold Coast Bulletin