Perth Population 2021

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Perth's 2021 population is now estimated at 2,067,333. In 1950, the population of Perth was 310,759. Perth has grown by 25,374 since 2015, which represents a 1.24% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Perth, which typically includes Perth's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Perth is an Australian boom town. The capital of Western Australia is the fourth largest city in the country, but also the most rapidly growing of all Australia's major cities.

Population Size of Perth

With an official 2011 population of 1,728,867, Perth has grown a staggering 14.3% in just five years -- the Perth population in 2006 was only 1,512,105.

In 2012, the population of Perth was pushed further to 1.9 million. Given the city's rapid growth, it's estimated that the 2013 population of Perth has now exceeded the 2 million mark.

The most recent estimation of the population in Perth, Western Australia in 2016 shows a population of 2,022,044.

Recent Growth in Perth

Perth is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Western Australia's wealth boom has been driving people to the region lately, and Perth itself is now home to 4 of the 5 most advantaged suburbs in the country. It's population growth is truly staggering, growing from 1.72 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2013.

Perth's population grew just 1.8% from 1991 to 1996, and just less than that between 2001 and 2006. Since then, the city's growth has averaged 3.1% and it has grown to 3.4% from 2011 to 2012. The population of Perth is divided into 6 planning subregions (Central, Peel, North-East, North-West, South-West and South-East), and Peel has had the largest growth recently of 4.7%.

Perth Population Density

The population density of Perth, as of 2011, was 295.5 people per square kilometer (739.4/square mile). The densest areas of Perth are found in the inner Statistical Areas like Subiaco and Vincent, which have traditionally been very densely populated. In 2011, the densest suburb of Perth was Highgate, with 5,004 people per square kilometer. Most of the densely packed suburbs of the city are north of the river.

Perth Demographics

Because of the speed of its growth, Perth is, in many ways, very different to other Australian cities.

The influx of residents into the growing city means that only 59.6% of people living in Perth were born in Australia, compared to a national average of 69.8%. Almost one in ten (9.5% to be exact) of Perth residents were born in England, all the way across the world, compared with an Australian average of just 4.2%. Other major groups are New Zealanders (3.1%), South Africans (1.8%), Indians (1.6%) and Malays (1.4%), all of whom make up a higher percentage of the population of Perth than they do in the rest of the country.

Perth has a long history of ethnic complexity, with an influx of European immigrants from Italy, Greece, Germany and other areas moving here during the 1950's and 1960's. Perth also has a small Jewish community. One of the most recent changes to its ethnic makeup is the wave of people arriving from Southern Africa, including white minorities. In 2001, South Africans overtook Italians as the 4th largest foreign group, with 1.3% of the city's population born in South Africa by 2007.

Perth is one of a growing number of Australian cities where non-religious people are the largest single "religious" group. A quarter (25.1%) of people were recorded in the census as not religious, followed closely by Catholics (24.5%).

You can find out more about the demographics of Perth and Greater Perth by visiting the Australian Census Bureau’s website. We also recommend this article on the BBC website, which explains the human impact of rapid population growth in Perth.

Perth Population Growth

Perth's rapid population growth has not necessarily been a good thing, as the divide between the upper- and lower-income residents has widened. Perth is now more expensive than New York and London, and weekly rent has risen by about 80% in the last 5 years alone, with mortgage payments doubling. This housing crunch has made it much harder for the so-called working poor of Perth, and pressure is felt in other areas with residents now complaining of crowded trains, airport delays, difficulty accessing health care and more.

1,000 people are moving to the state of Western Australia every week, following the wealth boom. Given that Perth is now facing unprecedented growth, the Committee for Perth is now concerned that adequate planning is necessary to accommodate a population of 3.5 million by 2050.

Population of Perth, Scotland

If you're looking for information about the population of Perth, Scotland, as located in the United Kingdom then the latest data comes from 2008, when 44,800 people lived in the Scottish city.

We don't have an article specifically about Perth, Scotland at this time. Check back for updates often. We also recommend taking a look at the Perth wikipedia page.

Perth Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20352,426,7941.06%25,361
20342,401,4331.07%25,416
20332,376,0171.09%25,506
20322,350,5111.10%25,622
20312,324,8891.12%25,759
20302,299,1301.14%25,909
20292,273,2211.16%26,029
20282,247,1921.17%26,075
20272,221,1171.19%26,026
20262,195,0911.19%25,899
20252,169,1921.20%25,701
20242,143,4911.20%25,494
20232,117,9971.21%25,348
20222,092,6491.22%25,316
20212,067,3331.24%25,374
20202,041,9591.27%25,544
20192,016,4151.29%25,670
20181,990,7451.67%32,701
20171,958,0441.67%32,163
20161,925,8811.67%31,635
20151,894,2461.67%31,073
20141,863,1731.67%30,563
20131,832,6101.67%30,021
20121,802,5891.67%29,610
20111,772,9792.94%50,660
20101,722,3192.94%49,270
20091,673,0492.94%47,796
20081,625,2532.95%46,557
20071,578,6962.94%45,161
20061,533,5351.51%22,762
20051,510,7731.50%22,336
20041,488,4371.50%22,066
20031,466,3711.50%21,709
20021,444,6621.50%21,388
20011,423,2741.16%16,339
20001,406,9351.16%16,183
19991,390,7521.16%15,975
19981,374,7771.16%15,791
19971,358,9861.16%15,589
19961,343,3971.84%24,302
19951,319,0951.84%23,853
19941,295,2421.84%23,423
19931,271,8191.84%22,967
19921,248,8521.84%22,614
19911,226,2382.64%31,573
19901,194,6652.65%30,809
19891,163,8562.64%29,974
19881,133,8822.65%29,282
19871,104,6002.65%28,487
19861,076,1132.71%28,352
19851,047,7612.70%27,571
19841,020,1902.71%26,918
1983993,2722.71%26,172
1982967,1002.71%25,483
1981941,6172.17%19,994
1980921,6232.17%19,598
1979902,0252.17%19,154
1978882,8712.17%18,747
1977864,1242.17%18,325
1976845,7992.58%21,270
1975824,5292.58%20,725
1974803,8042.58%20,203
1973783,6012.57%19,669
1972763,9322.58%19,228
1971744,7048.26%56,848
1970687,8568.30%52,697
1969635,1598.28%48,595
1968586,5648.31%44,996
1967541,5688.30%41,490
1966500,0783.55%17,160
1965482,9183.54%16,492
1964466,4263.55%15,972
1963450,4543.54%15,404
1962435,0503.54%14,877
1961420,1732.70%11,042
1960409,1312.70%10,771
1959398,3602.70%10,474
1958387,8862.70%10,199
1957377,6872.70%9,917
1956367,7702.70%9,682
1955358,0882.70%9,416
1954348,6722.85%9,673
1953338,9992.85%9,394
1952329,6052.86%9,158
1951320,4473.12%9,688
1950310,7590.00%

Perth Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population Growth 2021
Melbourne5,061,4391.89%
Sydney4,991,6541.33%
Brisbane2,439,4671.38%
Perth2,067,3331.24%
Adelaide1,345,4450.68%
Gold Coast710,6501.63%
Canberra462,2131.07%
Newcastle453,5150.70%
Sunshine Coast353,2811.86%
Central Coast336,7140.54%
Wollongong307,4770.70%

Other Cities in Australia

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics - Greater Perth population data summary
  2. City of Perth - City of Perth facts and figures
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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