Population growth

The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

The Sunshine Coast has something for everyone. Our competitive business environment and idyllic natural environment underpin our unique lifestyle. Our region is a popular place to visit, and to live. Indeed, over 95% of new residents move here from other parts of Australia.

Over the past 10 years, the population of the Sunshine Coast increased by over 80,000 people. This is a trend predicted to continue. In fact, our average rate of growth is set to increase, with over 8,300 people each year calling the Sunshine Coast home.

In 2021, our region had a population of 346,648 residents with 149,000 dwellings. We expect our population to grow to over 500,000 people by 2041. It’s likely that many of our new residents will be:

  • 35-49 years of age, with children under 15
  • 65 years of age and older.

We need careful planning and delivery around population growth. This is so we retain the liveability of our region, and preserve and enhance our natural environment.

To house our new residents, we project we will need an additional 100,00 new dwellings (approximately). We also need further urban development and supporting infrastructure. Our new and improved infrastructure, facilities and services also benefits our tourism industry.

Our new residents will have housing choice. Around 55% of new residents will choose to live in our emerging communities (Kawana, Caloundra South, Sippy Downs, Palmview and Beerwah East) with others preferring established areas. Low-rise buildings in town centres and public transit corridors provide modern lifestyle options.

Through the Environment and Liveability Strategy, we'll aim to create more vibrant and diverse communities. We'll also work towards improve access to services and facilities, and the shape of our urban form.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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