The Changing Face of Perth

We have started digging into the new Census Data released for 2016 – here’s what we’ve found.

As our population continues to grow and our society continues to become more diverse, it’s more important than ever to have a deep understanding of the communities in which we operate. Understanding the people that make up our streets, towns and cities means that we can better respond to their needs and aspirations, and achieve greater outcomes in the long run. Below is a brief snapshot of just some of the ways our Perth metropolitan regions have evolved over the last five years.

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Inner Perth

While a proportional decrease in living in separate houses was seen across the metropolitan areas, Perth Inner was the only area to also experience a proportional increase in apartment and flat living, rising from 30.7% in 2011 to 32.9% in 2016.

North West Perth

Reflecting an overall trend in our ageing population, people aged within the 65 – 69 year age bracket in the North West increased from 17,437 (3.6% of the population) in 2011, to 23,793 (4.4% of the population) in 2016.

North East Perth

As seen in each of the metropolitan areas in 2016, less people own their homes outright and more people own a home with a mortgage when compared with 2011 figures. In the North East, the proportion of outright ownership decreased from 30.3% in 2011 to 28.6% in 2016, while ownership with a mortgage rose from 40.6% in 2011 to 42.9% 2016.

South West Perth

Only speaking English at home dropped in the South West from 81.5% in 2011 to 77.5% in 2016, suggesting a more diverse community. Mandarin is now the most common language other than English spoken at home, experiencing a 59% increase in the number of speakers from 2011.

South East Perth

In family composition, the proportion of couple families with children increased from 44.5% in 2011 to 46.5% in 2016, a total increase of 16%.

*Reflects percentage point change from 2011 to 2016
+Outright or mortgage

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We will continue to keep you updated with our findings as more Census Data is released – so watch this space for our next instalment!