The last important indicator when looking at lifestyle on the Gold Coast is household and there are four main measures in assessing this – household type, dwelling structure, bedrooms per dwelling, and people per dwelling.
Household types are divided into three main types: couples with children, couples without children, and lone person households. The most common household type on the Gold Coast in 2016 was couples with children (28%). Within this type, the most common arrangement was couples with young children (16%) followed by couples with older children (8%) These figures were all close to State and National averages.The next most common type was couples without children (25%), of which the most common type was older couples (10%). Lone person households accounted for 21% of all household types, of which the most common was older people (65years +) living by themselves (9%). These figures were all close to State and National averages.
The most common number of bedrooms per dwelling was three (34%) and this was close to State and National average. 26% of dwellings had four bedrooms and 20% of dwellings had two bedrooms. 6% of dwellings had one bedroom and 6% of dwellings had five or more bedrooms. All these figures were close to State and National average.
The most common number of people per dwelling was two (36%), followed by one (23%), three (17%), and four (15%). More than five people per dwelling accounted for 9% of all residences. All these figures were close to State and National averages.
In 2016, 55% of the Gold Coast lived in separate houses as the main dwelling structure. This was almost 20% under the State and National figures.24% of Gold Coast dwelling structures were medium density and 19% were high density structures. Both of these figures were well above State (16% and 8%) and National (18% and 9%) percentages.
With respect to household types, number of bedrooms per dwelling, and number of persons per dwelling the Gold Coast is close to State and National averages. Where the Gold Coast does vary markedly from State and National figures is in terms of dwelling structure. The Gold Coast has substantially more medium and high density dwellings than either Queensland or Australia.