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Perth Metropolitan Area

Birthplace

In 2011, 17% of people in the Perth Metropolitan Area, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the Perth Metropolitan Area. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the Perth Metropolitan Area's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Perth Metropolitan Area - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom197,39311.411.4179,46811.911.9+17,925
New Zealand52,6813.03.135,9722.42.4+16,709
South Africa30,1881.71.719,1731.31.3+11,015
India28,2451.61.614,3390.90.9+13,906
Malaysia23,8771.41.419,1581.31.3+4,719
Italy17,7191.01.018,8521.21.2-1,133
China15,8210.90.97,6510.50.5+8,170
Singapore13,4940.80.811,3320.70.7+2,162
Philippines13,4690.80.85,5410.40.4+7,928
Ireland12,5650.70.78,0730.50.5+4,491
Vietnam12,1120.70.710,1140.70.7+1,998
Indonesia9,2300.50.57,4350.50.5+1,795
Germany8,5990.50.57,9950.50.5+604
Netherlands8,1540.50.58,1500.50.5+4
Zimbabwe8,0490.50.55,0460.30.3+3,002
United States of America7,5620.40.45,7350.40.4+1,826
Burma (Myanmar)7,1520.40.45,3030.40.4+1,849
Poland4,9450.30.35,3050.40.4-360
Thailand4,9440.30.32,9490.20.2+1,995
Sri Lanka4,9210.30.33,1180.20.2+1,803
Croatia4,7500.30.34,8510.30.3-101
Hong Kong4,6130.30.33,8810.30.3+732
Canada4,4140.30.33,5170.20.2+896
Kenya3,9480.20.22,6590.20.2+1,289
South Korea3,7300.20.22,1740.10.1+1,556
Mauritius3,7240.20.22,3220.20.2+1,402
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)3,5440.20.23,9360.30.3-392
Iran3,5000.20.22,0960.10.1+1,404
Japan3,2180.20.22,8300.20.2+388
Sudan3,1210.20.22,0290.10.1+1,092
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia2,8480.20.22,8870.20.2-39
Afghanistan2,7440.20.21,2970.10.1+1,447
Bosnia and Herzegovina2,7150.20.22,4820.20.2+233
Greece2,5780.10.12,8180.20.2-240
Iraq2,5140.10.11,6440.10.1+870
France2,3600.10.11,6630.10.1+697
Pakistan2,2500.10.11,1670.10.1+1,083
Portugal2,1800.10.12,1870.10.1-7
Zambia1,8120.10.11,3010.10.1+511
Egypt1,7650.10.11,4950.10.1+270
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born593,49834.334.4466,71930.930.9+126,779
Non-English speaking backgrounds288,69516.716.7214,77814.214.2+73,916
Main English speaking countries304,80317.617.7251,94016.716.7+52,862
Australia1,033,13559.859.7937,11762.062.0+96,017
Not stated101,6715.95.9108,2847.27.2-6,613

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, Greater Perth: 11.4% New Zealand, Greater Perth: 3.1% South Africa, Greater Perth: 1.7% India, Greater Perth: 1.6% Malaysia, Greater Perth: 1.4% Italy, Greater Perth: 1.0% China, Greater Perth: 0.9% Singapore, Greater Perth: 0.8% Philippines, Greater Perth: 0.8% Ireland, Greater Perth: 0.7% United Kingdom, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.4% New Zealand, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.0% South Africa, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.7% India, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.6% Malaysia, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.4% Italy, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.0% China, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.9% Singapore, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.8% Philippines, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.8% Ireland, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 United Kingdom, Perth Metropolitan Area: +17,925 New Zealand, Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,709 South Africa, Perth Metropolitan Area: +11,015 India, Perth Metropolitan Area: +13,906 Malaysia, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,719 Italy, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,133 China, Perth Metropolitan Area: +8,170 Singapore, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,162 Philippines, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,928 Ireland, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,491
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people born overseas, as well as a similar proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 34.3% of the population was born overseas, and 16.7% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 34.4% and 16.7% respectively for Greater Perth.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the Perth Metropolitan Area was India, where 1.6% of the population, or 28,245 people, were born.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 126,779 or 27.2%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 73,917 or 34.4%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • United Kingdom (+17,925 persons)
  • New Zealand (+16,709 persons)
  • India (+13,906 persons)
  • South Africa (+11,015 persons)

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