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AU Leading demographer Bernard Salt says Gold Coast growing up, becoming a 'mini-Adelaide'

Property Here - Thursday, August 01, 2013

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LEADING demographer Bernard Salt has labelled the Gold Coast a "mini-Adelaide", saying a national report has provided proof that the city was growing up.

The State of Australian Cities 2013 report came out yesterday showing a 10 per cent jump in the population numbers for the Gold Coast-Tweed area, while household income climbed 10.7 per cent from 2006 to 2011.

Household income hit $1125 a week here, but was still below the national median income of $1243.

Mr Salt said the figures backed up his view that the Coast was becoming a bigger and more sophisticated city.

"As the Gold Coast gets bigger, it is normalising," he said.

"There are less retirees and it is no longer `God's waiting room'.

"It is pushing 600,000 people and is half the size of Adelaide.

"A city of that size loses its rough edges.

"You could say that the Gold Coast is boring up."



Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/national-news/queensland/leading-demographer-bernard-salt-says-gold-coast-growing-up-becoming-a-8216miniadelaide8217/story-fnii5v6w-1226689206839#ixzz2aiVh542o