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Gold Coast population grows as thousands flock from Sydney


New data reveals greater Gold Coast region’s population grew by 16,000 with thousands coming from Sydney

Is it the 300 plus days a year of sunshine, the growing career opportunities or the uplift in infrastructure gifted by the Commonwealth Games? Either way, the G.C is growing faster than expected with more than 16,000 people migrating to the greater Gold Coast in the past year.

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At least 2000 Sydneysiders moved to the Tweed, which was considered part of the Gold Coast catchment, Australia Bureau of Statistics data shows.

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“This data shows that more people left Sydney for other parts of Australia in the last year than actually came there, but it also there are more people moving to the Gold Coast from other places,”

“What it comes down to is affordability in the housing relative to Sydney’s $1 million median price.

“There is also the lifestyle, the climate and everything else which has contributed to making the Gold Coast Australia’s sixth-largest city.”

The average annual growth rate for the greater Gold Coast in the past decade was 13,524.

A leading demographer says the move north is motivated by the Gold Coast’s lifestyle and lower house prices than Sydney.

The city’s growth, which is significantly above the 10-year growth trend and second only to the greater Melbourne region, has sparked calls for spending on the city’s roads to remain in step with the population spike.

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin.