With 17 March being St Patrick’s Day, you might be asking yourself the question: How many people on the Sunshine Coast claim to have Irish ancestry?
Thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s suite of web-based demographic tools, the question is a fairly easy one to answer.
Here are some facts:
In 2016, 13% of Sunshine Coast’s population nominated Irish as one of their ancestries.
This is a higher percentage than Brisbane (12.3%), South-East Queensland (12.2%), Queensland (12%) and Australia (10.2%).
The five areas with the highest percentages (proportionally) were:
- Maleny – Witta – North Maleny (16.3%)
- Coolum Beach – Mount Coolum – Yaroomba – Point Arkwright (15.9%)
- Caloundra – Kings Beach – Moffat Beach – Shelly Beach (15.4%)
- Caloundra Central Activity Centre (15.2%)
- Mapleton – Flaxton – Obi Obi (14.8%)
This link provides the “heatmap” for concentrations of Coast residents with Irish heritage: https://bit.ly/3cCjUMV
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016