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Perth Metropolitan Area

Population and dwellings

2,067,359

ABS Estimated Resident Population 2016*

The Census usual resident population of the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 was 1,728,362, living in 726,819 dwellings with an average household size of 2.55.

There are a number of different ways of measuring the population of an area, all of which give an insight into the size of the place and its rate of growth over different time periods. The Census counts people where they are on the night of the Census (enumerated population) and also by where they usually live (usual residence). Both these populations are useful and form the basis for a range of characteristics collected in the Census.

However, the most accurate count of the total population is Estimated Resident Population, which factors in an estimate of those missed in the Census and those who were overseas on Census night. It is usually higher than either Census count, and is also updated annually after the Census, providing preliminary estimates for up to 5 years.

This page provides the three population counts for the Perth Metropolitan Area at the last Census, with comparisons to previous Census years for the Census counts only. The current estimate for the Perth Metropolitan Area at the most recent year available is shown at the top of the page. This figure is a preliminary estimate only and is subject to review after the next Census data are released. Please use with caution.

Also included are a range of sub-population groups and key statistics from the Census (usual resident) population, such as citizens, employed persons and Indigenous population.

These figures all provide the context for the size of the population and growth rate within the Perth Metropolitan Area and should be looked at in conjunction with other basic demographic information, such as Age Structure, Dwelling Type and Household Size.

The data on this page are sourced from a variety of different tables and designed to give a range of population and dwelling numbers for the area.

Population
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons20112006Change
PopulationNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Estimated Resident Population1,834,302----1,577,574----+256,728
Usual Resident Population1,728,362----1,511,997----+216,365
Enumerated Population1,704,645----1,493,092----+211,553

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

Selected sub-population categories
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total people (Usual residence)20112006Change
Population groupNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Males858,02049.649.6746,86549.449.4+111,155
Females870,34250.450.4765,13350.650.6+105,209
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population27,1261.61.622,3771.51.5+4,749
Australian citizens1,383,47480.080.01,252,13082.882.8+131,344
Eligible voters (citizens aged 18+)1,048,11460.660.6942,68962.362.3+105,425
Population over 151,395,99380.880.81,217,00080.580.5+178,993
Employed Population859,83895.495.2729,67196.396.3+130,167
Overseas visitors (enumerated)18,608----15,848----+2,760

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Dwellings
Perth Metropolitan Area - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
DwellingsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Total dwellings726,819100.0100.0643,021100.0100.0+83,798
Occupied private dwellings659,83290.890.8586,82491.391.3+73,008
Population in non-private dwellings40,128----40,934-----806
Average household size (persons per dwelling)2.55--2.552.50--2.50+0.04

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

*Note that this is an experimental estimate based on ERP at the SA1 level. It is subject to review after the next Census data release and may not match .id's population forecasts.

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