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Perth Metropolitan Area

Education institution attending

23% of people in the Perth Metropolitan Area attended an educational institution in 2011.

The share of the Perth Metropolitan Area's population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, as it is influenced by the number of children attending school; proximity to tertiary education, which can mean young adults leaving home to be nearer to educational facilities and; the degree to which people are seeking out educational opportunities in adulthood, especially in their late teens and early twenties.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to identify areas with significant university student populations.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

Total population

Education institution attending
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Pre-school24,7261.41.420,0001.31.3+4,726
Primary school142,1648.28.2126,5918.48.4+15,573
Primary - Government95,0345.55.585,3905.65.6+9,644
Primary - Catholic25,7131.51.524,7441.61.6+969
Primary - Independent21,4171.21.216,4571.11.1+4,960
Secondary school98,4675.75.791,4306.06.0+7,037
Secondary - Government47,5072.72.849,0493.23.2-1,542
Secondary - Catholic24,9591.41.520,5331.41.4+4,426
Secondary - Independent26,0011.51.521,8491.41.4+4,152
TAFE38,7262.22.232,2412.12.1+6,486
University85,3684.94.967,7164.54.5+17,652
Other11,2190.60.78,3670.60.6+2,852
Not attending1,200,80569.569.51,034,79768.468.4+166,008
Not stated127,2047.47.4130,8568.78.7-3,652

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

Education institution attending, 2011
Education institution attending, 2011 Pre-school, Greater Perth: 1.4% Primary school, Greater Perth: 8.2% Primary - Government, Greater Perth: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Greater Perth: 1.5% Primary - Independent, Greater Perth: 1.2% Secondary school, Greater Perth: 5.7% Secondary - Government, Greater Perth: 2.8% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Perth: 1.5% Secondary - Independent, Greater Perth: 1.5% TAFE, Greater Perth: 2.2% University, Greater Perth: 4.9% Other, Greater Perth: 0.7% Pre-school, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.4% Primary school, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.2% Primary - Government, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.5% Primary - Independent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.2% Secondary school, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.7% Secondary - Government, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.7% Secondary - Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.5% TAFE, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.2% University, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.9% Other, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.6%
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 education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Pre-school, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,726 Primary school, Perth Metropolitan Area: +15,573 Primary - Government, Perth Metropolitan Area: +9,644 Primary - Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: +969 Primary - Independent, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,960 Secondary school, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,037 Secondary - Government, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,542 Secondary - Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,426 Secondary - Independent, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,152 TAFE, Perth Metropolitan Area: +6,486 University, Perth Metropolitan Area: +17,652 Other, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,852
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 share of the population attending educational institutions in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.2% of the population were attending primary school, 5.7% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 7.2% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.2%, 5.7% and 7.2% respectively for Greater Perth.

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

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Perth Metropolitan Area's population increased by 216,680 people (+14.3%). This represents an average annual change of 2.71% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the Perth Metropolitan Area, between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • University (+17,652 persons)
  • Primary school (+15,573 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+9,644 persons)
  • Secondary school (+7,037 persons)

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