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Australia | Western Australia | Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

Greater Perth

Code 5GPER (GCCSA)
People 1,728,867
Male 858,305
Female 870,562
Median age 36
Families 461,450
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 726,004
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,459
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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Total 1,728,867 -- 2,239,170 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 858,305 49.6 1,126,178 50.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 870,562 50.4 1,112,992 49.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 27,102 1.6 69,664 3.1 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 1,728,867 people in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) of these 49.6% were male and 50.4% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population.

Age Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People
0-4 years 114,820 6.6 151,262 6.8 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 107,201 6.2 142,774 6.4 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 110,387 6.4 146,035 6.5 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 117,750 6.8 148,208 6.6 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 129,180 7.5 159,010 7.1 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 132,331 7.7 167,944 7.5 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 121,393 7.0 156,152 7.0 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 123,892 7.2 161,526 7.2 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 127,522 7.4 166,731 7.4 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 121,868 7.0 159,859 7.1 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 113,138 6.5 150,369 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 101,153 5.9 133,894 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 92,025 5.3 120,531 5.4 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 66,205 3.8 86,324 3.9 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 51,452 3.0 66,219 3.0 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 39,492 2.3 49,832 2.2 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 30,801 1.8 38,284 1.7 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 28,253 1.6 34,217 1.5 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.5% of the population.

Registered marital status Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 680,635 48.7 876,746 48.7 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 39,901 2.9 53,815 3.0 529,280 3.0
Divorced 116,319 8.3 150,800 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 65,782 4.7 83,174 4.6 949,634 5.5
Never married 493,821 35.4 634,569 35.3 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) aged 15 years and over, 48.7% were married and 11.2% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Greater 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 Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 612,556 49.0 768,781 49.2 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 127,258 10.2 171,273 11.0 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 509,128 40.8 623,367 39.9 6,413,399 41.3

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 49.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 10.2% were in a de facto marriage.

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

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 34 years.

Education Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Pre-school 24,683 4.7 32,429 4.8 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 94,985 18.0 129,300 19.0 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 25,597 4.8 33,580 4.9 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 21,367 4.0 25,745 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 47,531 9.0 64,075 9.4 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 25,077 4.8 29,741 4.4 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 26,059 4.9 29,867 4.4 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 38,680 7.3 48,758 7.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 85,428 16.2 91,938 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 11,328 2.1 13,527 2.0 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 127,199 24.1 180,865 26.6 1,511,694 23.2
Total 527,934 -- 679,825 -- 6,503,580 --

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) 30.5% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.9% were in primary school, 18.7% in secondary school and 23.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 1,030,494 59.6 1,407,806 62.9 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 744,303 46.4 854,106 41.4 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 139,190 8.7 175,316 8.5 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 102,636 6.4 130,099 6.3 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 618,057 38.5 903,103 43.8 10,757,087 53.7

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 38.5% of people had both parents born in Australia and 46.4% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 542,261 60.2 699,414 60.7 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 260,274 28.9 324,257 28.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 55,099 6.1 74,210 6.4 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 42,860 4.8 54,319 4.7 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 900,494 -- 1,152,200 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 900,494 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas). Of these 60.2% were employed full time, 28.9% were employed part-time and 4.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 96,200 11.2 118,795 10.8 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 81,841 9.5 100,864 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 82,235 9.6 104,595 9.5 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 143,987 16.8 173,235 15.8 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 398,275 46.4 526,185 47.9 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 11.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.4% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Greater 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 Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 669 -- 662 -- 577 --
Family 1,781 -- 1,722 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,459 -- 1,415 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was $669.

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

Unpaid work Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 985,739 70.6 1,255,935 69.8 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 394,384 28.2 507,968 28.2 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 131,743 9.4 168,014 9.3 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 218,405 15.6 304,623 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical 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, 28.2% 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, 15.6% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 321,950 23.1 399,954 22.2 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 362,634 26.0 459,759 25.6 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 161,879 11.6 209,912 11.7 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 139,277 10.0 186,312 10.4 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 26.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.0% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 174,960 37.9 226,879 38.8 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 210,112 45.5 262,885 44.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 67,336 14.6 85,067 14.5 901,637 15.9
Other family 9,040 2.0 10,479 1.8 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 45.5% were couple families with children, 37.9% were couple families without children and 14.6% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Greater 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 Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) 17.6% of single parents were male and 82.4% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Families without children 2,302 -- 2,257 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,564 -- 2,497 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,564 and those without children was $2,302.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 79,865 20.7 102,046 20.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 14,264 3.7 18,398 3.8 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 85,550 22.2 107,972 22.0 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 65,686 17.1 81,901 16.7 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 19,023 4.9 24,046 4.9 251,191 5.4
Both not working 60,612 15.7 76,909 15.7 899,598 19.2
Other 25,011 6.5 32,710 6.7 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 35,060 9.1 45,776 9.3 314,529 6.7

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 627,096 90.4 794,159 87.9 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 66,231 9.6 109,328 12.1 934,470 10.7

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 90.4% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.6% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 492,962 78.6 638,768 80.4 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 74,518 11.9 84,333 10.6 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 56,754 9.1 62,990 7.9 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 2,584 0.4 7,380 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 78.6% were separate houses, 11.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 9.1% were flats, units or apartments and 0.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 1,643 0.3 2,868 0.4 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 21,348 3.4 28,193 3.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 81,476 13.0 103,373 13.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 239,974 38.3 312,043 39.3 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 272,588 43.5 333,932 42.0 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 10,065 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 Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.4% had 1 bedroom, 13.0% had 2 bedrooms and 38.3% 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 183,887 29.3 234,627 29.5 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 249,504 39.8 300,334 37.8 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 172,800 27.6 231,824 29.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 7,128 1.1 8,880 1.1 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 13,776 2.2 18,493 2.3 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 29.3% were owned outright, 39.8% were owned with a mortgage and 27.6% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Family households 452,421 72.1 573,706 72.2 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 148,014 23.6 188,764 23.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 26,662 4.3 31,690 4.0 321,007 4.1

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of all households, 72.1% were family households, 23.6% were single person households and 4.3% were group households.

Household income Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 20.2 -- 21.1 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 14.8 -- 14.1 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 20.2% 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Median rent 320 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.8 -- 91.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.2 -- 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,950 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 89.0 -- 89.8 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 11.0 -- 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
None 38,591 6.2 48,447 6.1 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 208,154 33.2 258,942 32.6 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 242,997 38.7 305,676 38.5 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 120,809 19.3 158,860 20.0 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 16,544 2.6 22,234 2.8 234,292 3.0

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 33.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 19.3% 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 Greater Perth % Western Australia % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 27,105 -- 69,664 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 13,465 49.7 34,418 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 13,640 50.3 35,246 50.6 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 21 -- 22 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), there were 27,105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 13,465 (or 49.7%) were male and 13,640 (or 50.3%) were female. The median age was 21 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Greater 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 1,157 -- 1,043 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical 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 $1,157.

Mortgage and rent Greater 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 1,901 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,901.

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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