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Australia | Western Australia | Significant Urban Areas

Perth

Code 5009 (SUA)
People 1,670,953
Male 828,733
Female 842,220
Median age 36
Families 445,642
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 704,180
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,454
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,000
Median weekly rent $320
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Total 1,670,953 -- 2,239,170 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 828,733 49.6 1,126,178 50.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 842,220 50.4 1,112,992 49.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 25,675 1.5 69,664 3.1 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 1,670,953 people in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) of these 49.6% were male and 50.4% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.5% of the population.

Age Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People
0-4 years 110,360 6.6 151,262 6.8 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 102,512 6.1 142,774 6.4 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 105,636 6.3 146,035 6.5 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 113,697 6.8 148,208 6.6 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 125,843 7.5 159,010 7.1 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 128,675 7.7 167,944 7.5 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 117,504 7.0 156,152 7.0 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 119,143 7.1 161,526 7.2 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 122,396 7.3 166,731 7.4 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 117,374 7.0 159,859 7.1 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 109,457 6.6 150,369 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 98,146 5.9 133,894 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 89,259 5.3 120,531 5.4 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 64,128 3.8 86,324 3.9 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 50,058 3.0 66,219 3.0 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 38,645 2.3 49,832 2.2 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 30,283 1.8 38,284 1.7 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 27,835 1.7 34,217 1.5 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.6% of the population.

Registered marital status Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 656,528 48.5 876,746 48.7 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 38,577 2.9 53,815 3.0 529,280 3.0
Divorced 112,880 8.3 150,800 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 64,532 4.8 83,174 4.6 949,634 5.5
Never married 479,927 35.5 634,569 35.3 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) aged 15 years and over, 48.5% were married and 11.2% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 49 -- 49 -- 50 --
Separated 48 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 591,246 48.8 768,781 49.2 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 122,465 10.1 171,273 11.0 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 497,066 41.1 623,367 39.9 6,413,399 41.3

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.8% of people were in a registered marriage and 10.1% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 49 -- 49 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 33 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 30 -- 31 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 33 years.

Education Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Pre-school 23,691 4.7 32,429 4.8 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 91,158 17.9 129,300 19.0 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 24,853 4.9 33,580 4.9 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 19,904 3.9 25,745 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 45,589 9.0 64,075 9.4 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 24,418 4.8 29,741 4.4 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 24,656 4.8 29,867 4.4 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 37,629 7.4 48,758 7.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 84,021 16.5 91,938 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 11,001 2.2 13,527 2.0 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 121,741 23.9 180,865 26.6 1,511,694 23.2
Total 508,661 -- 679,825 -- 6,503,580 --

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas) 30.4% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.7% were in primary school, 18.6% in secondary school and 23.9% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Perth % Western Australia % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 992,693 59.4 1,407,806 62.9 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 724,258 46.7 854,106 41.4 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 134,254 8.7 175,316 8.5 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 98,634 6.4 130,099 6.3 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 594,472 38.3 903,103 43.8 10,757,087 53.7

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 38.3% of people had both parents born in Australia and 46.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Perth % Western Australia % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Perth % Western Australia % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 524,362 60.2 699,414 60.7 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 252,245 28.9 324,257 28.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 53,216 6.1 74,210 6.4 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 41,694 4.8 54,319 4.7 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 871,517 -- 1,152,200 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 871,517 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Perth (Significant Urban Areas). Of these 60.2% were employed full time, 28.9% were employed part-time and 4.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 93,346 11.2 118,795 10.8 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 79,311 9.6 100,864 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 79,584 9.6 104,595 9.5 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 139,674 16.8 173,235 15.8 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 384,692 46.4 526,185 47.9 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 11.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.4% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 40 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 39 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

Occupation Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 668 -- 662 -- 577 --
Family 1,781 -- 1,722 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,454 -- 1,415 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Perth (Significant Urban Areas) was $668.

Travel to work, top responses Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 954,173 70.6 1,255,935 69.8 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 379,490 28.1 507,968 28.2 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 127,793 9.4 168,014 9.3 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 211,780 15.7 304,623 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 28.1% provided care for children and 9.4% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.7% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 312,881 23.1 399,954 22.2 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 351,143 26.0 459,759 25.6 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 156,211 11.6 209,912 11.7 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 133,940 9.9 186,312 10.4 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 26.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.9% worked 30 hours or more.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition | weekly incomes | employment status of couple families

Families — family composition
Family composition Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 169,219 38.0 226,879 38.8 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 202,111 45.4 262,885 44.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 65,396 14.7 85,067 14.5 901,637 15.9
Other family 8,916 2.0 10,479 1.8 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 45.4% were couple families with children, 38.0% were couple families without children and 14.7% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 17.6 -- 18.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 82.4 -- 82.0 -- 82.4

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas) 17.6% of single parents were male and 82.4% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Families without children 2,305 -- 2,257 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,574 -- 2,497 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,574 and those without children was $2,305.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 76,860 20.7 102,046 20.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 13,804 3.7 18,398 3.8 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 82,395 22.2 107,972 22.0 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 63,296 17.0 81,901 16.7 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 18,419 5.0 24,046 4.9 251,191 5.4
Both not working 58,960 15.9 76,909 15.7 899,598 19.2
Other 24,055 6.5 32,710 6.7 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 33,542 9.0 45,776 9.3 314,529 6.7

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), of couple families, 20.7% had both partners employed full-time, 3.7% had both employed part-time and 22.2% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | household composition | mortgage & rent | number of motor vehicles

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling type Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 608,638 90.5 794,159 87.9 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 63,762 9.5 109,328 12.1 934,470 10.7

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 90.5% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.5% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 475,180 78.1 638,768 80.4 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 74,109 12.2 84,333 10.6 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 56,552 9.3 62,990 7.9 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 2,532 0.4 7,380 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 78.1% were separate houses, 12.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 9.3% were flats, units or apartments and 0.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 1,609 0.3 2,868 0.4 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 21,159 3.5 28,193 3.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 80,319 13.2 103,373 13.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 234,611 38.5 312,043 39.3 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 261,081 42.9 333,932 42.0 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 9,859 1.6 13,751 1.7 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.3 -- 3.3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.5% had 1 bedroom, 13.2% had 2 bedrooms and 38.5% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 179,351 29.5 234,627 29.5 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 239,434 39.3 300,334 37.8 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 169,372 27.8 231,824 29.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 7,033 1.2 8,880 1.1 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 13,447 2.2 18,493 2.3 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 29.5% were owned outright, 39.3% were owned with a mortgage and 27.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Family households 436,979 71.8 573,706 72.2 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 145,334 23.9 188,764 23.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 26,325 4.3 31,690 4.0 321,007 4.1

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), of all households, 71.8% were family households, 23.9% were single person households and 4.3% were group households.

Household income Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 20.4 -- 21.1 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 14.8 -- 14.1 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 20.4% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 14.8% of households had a weekly income of more than $3,000.

Dwellings — mortgage & rent

Proportions are calculated using all tenure types for occupied private dwellings. This excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Rent weekly payments Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Median rent 320 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.7 -- 91.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.3 -- 8.9 -- 10.4
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households whose rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which are not renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Mortgage monthly repayments Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,950 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 89.2 -- 89.8 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 10.8 -- 10.2 -- 9.9
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households who own their dwelling, and whose mortgage payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which were renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
None 38,186 6.3 48,447 6.1 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 203,852 33.5 258,942 32.6 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 235,055 38.6 305,676 38.5 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 115,364 19.0 158,860 20.0 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 16,180 2.7 22,234 2.8 234,292 3.0

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), 33.5% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 19.0% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

Expand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people category,
includes selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
People characteristics Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 25,675 -- 69,664 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 12,545 48.9 34,418 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 13,130 51.1 35,246 50.6 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 22 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Perth (Significant Urban Areas), there were 25,675 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 12,545 (or 48.9%) were male and 13,130 (or 51.1%) were female. The median age was 20 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.3 -- 3.5 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,148 -- 1,043 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.3, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,148.

Mortgage and rent Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 250 -- 158 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,863 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Perth (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,863.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 28/03/2013

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics | It contains data from the 2011 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2011 | Release date of this QuickStat was 28 March 2013 | Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data | These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats | For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2011 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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