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Perth Metropolitan Area

Household income

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, 23% of households earned an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2011.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. The Perth Metropolitan Area's Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to reveal the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the Perth Metropolitan Area. It is important to note that income data is not necessarily a measure of wealth. For example, if an area has a large number of retirees this will produce a higher proportion of households with low income but the retirees may have large capital wealth. For this reason, household income should be viewed in conjunction with Age and Household Composition.

The incomes presented on this page are for the latest Census year only. For comparison of incomes over time, go to Household Income Quartiles.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'


Weekly household income
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total households (Enumerated)2011
Weekly incomeNumber%Greater Perth %
Negative Income/Nil Income8,2001.31.3
$5000 or more13,2842.12.1
Not stated77,51112.212.2

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

Weekly household income, 2011
Weekly household income, 2011 $5000 or more, Greater Perth: 2.1% $4000-$4999, Greater Perth: 2.3% $3500-$3999, Greater Perth: 2.8% $3000-$3499, Greater Perth: 5.7% $2500-$2999, Greater Perth: 10.2% $2000-$2499, Greater Perth: 8.4% $1500-$1999, Greater Perth: 11.3% $1250-$1499, Greater Perth: 6.8% $1000-$1249, Greater Perth: 7.0% $800-$999, Greater Perth: 6.7% $600-$799, Greater Perth: 6.8% $400-$599, Greater Perth: 7.7% $300-$399, Greater Perth: 5.3% $200-$299, Greater Perth: 2.2% $1-$199, Greater Perth: 1.3% Negative Income/Nil Income, Greater Perth: 1.3% $5000 or more, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.1% $4000-$4999, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.3% $3500-$3999, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.7% $3000-$3499, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.7% $2500-$2999, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.1% $2000-$2499, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.4% $1500-$1999, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.2% $1250-$1499, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.8% $1000-$1249, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.1% $800-$999, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.7% $600-$799, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.8% $400-$599, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.7% $300-$399, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.3% $200-$299, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.2% $1-$199, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.3% Negative Income/Nil Income, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of household income levels in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) as well as a similar proportion of low income households (those earning less than $600 per week).

Overall, 23.0% of the households earned a high income and 17.9% were low income households, compared with 23.1% and 17.9% respectively for Greater Perth.

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