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2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Western Australia | Urban Centres and Localities

Perth

Code UCL523000 (UCL)
People 1,256,035
Male 618,429
Female 637,606
Median age 36
Australian citizenship 1,038,283
People born overseas 402,363
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 14,645
Families 330,869
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 534,315
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,087
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,300
Median weekly rent $180
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includes demographics | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics
People Perth % Australia %
Total 1,256,035 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 618,429 49.2 9,799,252 49.4
Female 637,606 50.8 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 17,951 1.4 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 1,256,035 people were usually resident in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Of the total population 1.4% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Perth % Australia %
People
0-4 years 76,365 6.1 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 162,399 12.9 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 189,280 15.1 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 540,327 43.0 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 134,640 10.7 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 153,024 12.2 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 36 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 19.0% of people usually resident in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities) were children aged 0-14 years, and 22.9% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 36 years.

Selected characteristics Perth % Australia %
Australian citizenship 1,038,283 82.7 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 402,363 32.0 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 14,645 1.2 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 82.7% of people usually resident in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities) were Australian citizens, 32.0% were born overseas and 1.2% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Perth % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 490,405 48.2 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 117,277 11.5 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 53,871 5.3 936,813 5.9
Never married 355,716 35.0 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 48.2% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities) were married, 11.5% were either separated or divorced, 5.3% were widowed and 35.0% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Perth % Australia %
Australia 765,217 60.9 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Perth % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Perth % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Perth % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 391,866 61.0 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 186,249 29.0 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 24,490 3.8 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 16,672 2.6 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 23,058 3.6 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 307,542 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 642,335 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 642,335 people aged 15 years and over in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities) were in the labour force. Of these 61.0% worked full-time, 29.0% worked part-time, 3.8% were away from work, 2.6% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 3.6% were unemployed. 307,542 people were not in the labour force.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Perth % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 517 -- 466 --
Family 1,313 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,087 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $517, the median family income was $1,313 and the median household income was $1,087.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Perth % Australia %
Couple family without children 122,087 36.9 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 150,598 45.5 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 51,290 15.5 823,254 15.8
Other family 6,894 2.1 89,686 1.7
Total families 330,869 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 330,869 families in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 36.9% were couple families without children, 45.5% were couple families with children, 15.5% were one parent families and 2.1% were other families.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Perth % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 492,770 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 534,315 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 492,770 occupied private dwellings were counted in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities).

Dwelling structure Perth % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 377,084 76.5 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 63,686 12.9 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 49,443 10.0 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 2,310 0.5 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 247 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), 76.5% were separate houses, 12.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 10.0% were flats, units or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

Tenure Perth % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 146,458 29.7 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 181,614 36.9 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 124,523 25.3 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 4,808 1.0 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 35,372 7.2 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), 29.7% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 36.9% were owned with a mortgage and 25.3% were rented.

Landlord type Perth % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 56,647 45.5 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 17,381 14.0 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 47,568 38.2 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 2,928 2.4 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 45.5% were rented from a real estate agent, 14.0% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 38.2% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Perth % Australia %
Median weekly rent 180 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,300 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly rent was $180. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,300. The average people per household was 2.5 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Perth % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 326,190 66.2 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 120,185 24.4 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 18,911 3.8 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Perth (Urban Centres and Localities), 66.2% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 24.4% were single (or lone) person households and 3.8% were group households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 25/10/2007

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. 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. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

Census Data Quality.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. 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 2006 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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