A new study has found the Gold Coast is home to some of the country's most extreme commuters.
Research by KPMG found the number of long-distance commuters living on the Gold Coast has jumped 92 per cent in the past five years with almost 7,000 residents working either interstate or in Queensland's regional mining centres.
Demographer Bernard Salt says the Gold Coast didn't exist 60 years ago but is now the country's sixth largest city.
"Six hundred thousand residents of the Gold Coast know that it's a very seductive lifestyle - once you get a taste for it you don't want to let it go," he said.
Analysis of the Gold Coast Long Distance Commuter Workforce was based on people who travel more than 100 kilometres for work.
The 92 per cent increase is more than double the national average which increased by 37 per cent in the past five years.
The demographer says the statistics show lifestyle has become more important.
"What has happened over the past five years since the last census is the Gold Coast has blossomed as a lifestyle destination," he said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he is not surprised by the findings.
"I always knew the Gold Coast is a good place to bring up a family ... but now it's backed up by hard data," he said.
The study also found 25,900 vehicles travelled up the Pacific Highway to Brisbane every day making it the country's largest commuter corridor.
The highway between Wollongong and Sydney is the second busiest with 17,100 vehicles travelling to the New South Wales capital each day.
Mr Salt says it is a nationwide trend.
"It's not just the Gold Coast you see this trend right across Australia where people are making a conscious choice about where they want to live and where they want to work," he said.
The problem facing many Gold Coast based fly in, fly out workers is they have to travel to the Brisbane Airport to connect with regional destinations.
Mr Salt says more direct flights from the Gold Coast to mining centres including Emerald and Moranbah, in central Queensland, will better service the sector and could boost employment.
A working group which includes the Gold Coast council, the Gold Coast Airport and Regional Development Australia will use the study to lobby airlines to increase the number of direct flights to the city.