Western Australia’s regions offer the traveller much to see. It’s a wonderful place to visit. There’s the beautiful white sand beaches of Esperance, the gourmet region of Margaret River, the amazing Kimberley region, quokkas at Rottnest Island, dolphins at Monkey Mia, camel rides along the beach at Broome, the spectacular wildflowers and karri forests – to name a few of the delights of Western Australia.

It’s Australia’s largest state. Retired travellers, family travellers, single travellers backpacker travellers – all types of travellers love to explore Western Australia.

Sunrise across ocean with boats, Wonderful Western Australia
Monkey Mia

The following information is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

‘By area, Western Australia is the largest state or territory, covering 2.5 million square kilometres or 33% of Australia.

The State’s capital, Perth, was founded on 12 August 1829 and the Greater Perth area contains more than three quarters (78%) of Western Australia’s total population.

Western Australia had an estimated resident population of around approximately 2.5 million people in June 2013, accounting for 11% of Australia’s population.

Male:               50%

Female:           50%

Median age: 36 years

People aged 65 years and over made up 14.0% of the population.

Sign Saying Welcome To Exmouth, Wonderful Western Australia

Where Were People Born?

In Western Australia, 60.3% of people were born in Australia.

The most common countries of birth were:

England 7.8%

New Zealand 3.2%

India 2.0%

South Africa 1.7%

Philippines 1.2%

Insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing:

The key characteristics that make the ‘typical’ Western Australian in 2016 and highlighting Australia’s diversity.

‘The 2016 Census has revealed the ‘typical’ Western Australian is a 37 year old male, a year older than the ‘typical’ Western Australian in 2011 and 2006. He was born in Australia, has English ancestry and speaks English at home. He is married and lives in a couple family with two children. He has also completed Year 12, and does between five and 14 hours of domestic work per week.

Unlike the ‘typical’ Australian, who lives in a home with three bedrooms, the ‘typical’ Western Australian lives in a home with four bedrooms. Similar to the rest of the country, he lives in a home that has two motor vehicles.

The ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in Western Australia is male. This differs from 2011 and 2006, when the ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in Western Australia was female. In 2016, he is 23 years old, a year older than in 2011 and two years older than in 2006.

Green and white road sign showing directions, Wonderful Western Australia

The ‘typical’ Western Australian home is owned with a mortgage, as it was in 2011 and 2006.

Unlike the ‘typical’ Australian, at least one of the ‘typical’ Western Australian’s parents was born overseas, which was also the case in 2011 and 2006.

The ‘typical’ migrant in wonderful Western Australia was born in England, is female, and speaks English at home. She is 43 years old, a year younger than in 2011 and three years younger than in 2006.

The Census is Australia’s richest data source, giving insight into Australian life, showing how our local communities and nation have changed over time, and helping governments, business and communities plan for the future. It provides the most comprehensive information about regional areas and small population groups, which helps inform government funding decision-making, policy development and service delivery’. (ABS)

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