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Merredin

Code UCL515021 (UCL)
People 2,586
Male 1,371
Female 1,215
Median age 35
Families 623
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 1,297
Average people per household 2.3
Median weekly household income $1,066
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,100
Median weekly rent $140
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Total 2,586 -- 2,239,170 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 1,371 53.0 1,126,178 50.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 1,215 47.0 1,112,992 49.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 184 7.1 69,664 3.1 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 2,586 people in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 53.0% were male and 47.0% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.1% of the population.

Age Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People
0-4 years 156 6.0 151,262 6.8 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 179 6.9 142,774 6.4 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 214 8.3 146,035 6.5 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 170 6.6 148,208 6.6 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 237 9.2 159,010 7.1 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 171 6.6 167,944 7.5 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 139 5.4 156,152 7.0 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 166 6.4 161,526 7.2 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 192 7.4 166,731 7.4 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 157 6.1 159,859 7.1 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 184 7.1 150,369 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 147 5.7 133,894 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 134 5.2 120,531 5.4 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 97 3.8 86,324 3.9 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 74 2.9 66,219 3.0 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 64 2.5 49,832 2.2 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 64 2.5 38,284 1.7 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 40 1.5 34,217 1.5 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 35 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) was 35 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.8% of the population.

Registered marital status Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 927 45.6 876,746 48.7 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 78 3.8 53,815 3.0 529,280 3.0
Divorced 179 8.8 150,800 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 111 5.5 83,174 4.6 949,634 5.5
Never married 740 36.4 634,569 35.3 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 45.6% were married and 12.5% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 50 -- 49 -- 50 --
Separated 53 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 56 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 75 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 24 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) was 50 years and the median age of people never married was 24 years.

Social marital status Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 801 48.0 768,781 49.2 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 206 12.3 171,273 11.0 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 663 39.7 623,367 39.9 6,413,399 41.3

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 12.3% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 50 -- 49 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 31 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 39 -- 31 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 31 years.

Education Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Pre-school 25 3.2 32,429 4.8 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 179 22.9 129,300 19.0 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 77 9.9 33,580 4.9 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 8 1.0 25,745 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 142 18.2 64,075 9.4 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 4 0.5 29,741 4.4 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 4 0.5 29,867 4.4 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 40 5.1 48,758 7.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 35 4.5 91,938 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 55 7.0 13,527 2.0 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 212 27.1 180,865 26.6 1,511,694 23.2
Total 781 -- 679,825 -- 6,503,580 --

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) 30.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 33.8% were in primary school, 19.2% in secondary school and 9.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 2,019 78.1 1,407,806 62.9 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 518 21.7 854,106 41.4 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 205 8.6 175,316 8.5 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 132 5.5 130,099 6.3 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 1,534 64.2 903,103 43.8 10,757,087 53.7

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 64.2% of people had both parents born in Australia and 21.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 793 64.5 699,414 60.7 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 301 24.5 324,257 28.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 77 6.3 74,210 6.4 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 59 4.8 54,319 4.7 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 1,230 -- 1,152,200 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 1,230 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 64.5% were employed full time, 24.5% were employed part-time and 4.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 95 8.1 118,795 10.8 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 88 7.5 100,864 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 123 10.5 104,595 9.5 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 177 15.1 173,235 15.8 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 618 52.7 526,185 47.9 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 8.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 52.7% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 42 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 42 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) was 42 years and for people who were employed part-time was 42 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 581 -- 662 -- 577 --
Family 1,420 -- 1,722 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,066 -- 1,415 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) was $581.

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

Unpaid work Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,361 66.9 1,255,935 69.8 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 533 26.2 507,968 28.2 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 179 8.8 168,014 9.3 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 465 22.9 304,623 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 66.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 26.2% provided care for children and 8.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 22.9% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 398 19.6 399,954 22.2 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 496 24.4 459,759 25.6 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 234 11.5 209,912 11.7 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 234 11.5 186,312 10.4 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.4% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 11.5% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 270 43.3 226,879 38.8 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 253 40.6 262,885 44.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 89 14.3 85,067 14.5 901,637 15.9
Other family 11 1.8 10,479 1.8 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 40.6% were couple families with children, 43.3% were couple families without children and 14.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 26.2 -- 18.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 73.8 -- 82.0 -- 82.4

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities) 26.2% of single parents were male and 73.8% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Families without children 1,972 -- 2,257 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,106 -- 2,497 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,106 and those without children was $1,972.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 116 22.2 102,046 20.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 13 2.5 18,398 3.8 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 112 21.5 107,972 22.0 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 81 15.5 81,901 16.7 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 29 5.6 24,046 4.9 251,191 5.4
Both not working 86 16.5 76,909 15.7 899,598 19.2
Other 40 7.7 32,710 6.7 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 45 8.6 45,776 9.3 314,529 6.7

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 22.2% had both partners employed full-time, 2.5% had both employed part-time and 21.5% 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 Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 967 79.6 794,159 87.9 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 248 20.4 109,328 12.1 934,470 10.7

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 79.6% of private dwellings were occupied and 20.4% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 870 90.1 638,768 80.4 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 67 6.9 84,333 10.6 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 14 1.4 62,990 7.9 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 11 1.1 7,380 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 90.1% were separate houses, 6.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 1.4% were flats, units or apartments and 1.1% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 3 0.3 2,868 0.4 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 47 4.9 28,193 3.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 139 14.4 103,373 13.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 491 50.7 312,043 39.3 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 263 27.2 333,932 42.0 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 25 2.6 13,751 1.7 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3.3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.3 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 4.9% had 1 bedroom, 14.4% had 2 bedrooms and 50.7% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.3 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 295 30.4 234,627 29.5 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 303 31.3 300,334 37.8 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 327 33.7 231,824 29.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 7 0.7 8,880 1.1 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 37 3.8 18,493 2.3 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 30.4% were owned outright, 31.3% were owned with a mortgage and 33.7% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Family households 619 64.1 573,706 72.2 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 323 33.4 188,764 23.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 24 2.5 31,690 4.0 321,007 4.1

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 64.1% were family households, 33.4% were single person households and 2.5% were group households.

Household income Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 27.6 -- 21.1 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 5.4 -- 14.1 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 27.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 5.4% 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 Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Median rent 140 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 95.5 -- 91.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 4.5 -- 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 Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,100 -- 1,950 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 94.8 -- 89.8 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 5.2 -- 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 Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
None 92 9.5 48,447 6.1 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 343 35.4 258,942 32.6 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 348 36.0 305,676 38.5 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 152 15.7 158,860 20.0 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 33 3.4 22,234 2.8 234,292 3.0

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), 35.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 36.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.7% 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 Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 183 -- 69,664 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 84 45.9 34,418 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 99 54.1 35,246 50.6 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 18 -- 22 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 183 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 84 (or 45.9%) were male and 99 (or 54.1%) were female. The median age was 18 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.5 -- 3.5 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 985 -- 1,043 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.5, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $985.

Mortgage and rent Merredin % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 125 -- 158 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Merredin (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $125 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,000.

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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