Perth, Australia Population

Population in Urban Area, now

2,053,079
  • World: 259th
  • Oceania: 4th
  • Australia: 4th

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

1,896,548
  • World: 135th
  • Oceania: 4th
  • Australia: 4th

Perth Urban Area Population Graph

Perth Population Review

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and a vibrant, energetic city. It’s home to vineyards, gorgeous beaches, and parklands and it currently has a population of 2 million people. This makes Perth the fourth-largest city in population size in Australia. There is no sign that Perth’s population plans on slowing down either. Experts predict Perth’s population will be up to 2.4 million by 2035.

Perth is located on the northern bank of the Swan River and the suburbs sprawl in all directions, reaching the Darling Range in the east and the Indian Ocean in the west. It was ranked the seventh most liveable city in the world in 2016 and it enjoys the most sunshine of any capital city in Australia.

Perth’s astronomical growth rate

Perth is a boomtown that has expanded at a staggering rate. In just the past five years, Perth has grown by 14.3%. In comparison, Perth grew less than 1.6% between 2000 and 2006, and in 2006, the city of Perth was only 1.5 million. This has made Perth one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Much of this growth is due to Western Australia’s wealth boom, which has driven people to the area. This increase in popularity (and in population) has meant that Perth is now home to 4 of the 5 more privileged suburbs in Australia.

A different makeup than most Australian cities

Due to its astronomical growth rate, Perth’s demographics are quite different than those of other Australian cities. For example, 59.6% of Perth’s population were born in Australia. This is 10% less than the national average of 69%. Also, almost 10% of Perth’s citizens were born in England, compared to a countrywide average of about 4.2%. Other residents living in Perth are people from New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Malaysia. There are more immigrants living in Perth than almost anywhere else in the country.

A non-religious city

Perth is part of a newly evolving type of city whose residents don’t identify with any religion. While there are still many locations in the world where certain religions are still widely practiced, many places like Perth now have non-religious people is the largest “religious” group. About 25% of the people in Perth’s census identified themselves as not following any kind of religion. The second largest religious group was Catholics, at 24.5%, with the rest spread across several different religions.

A wealthy city, but not the wealthiest

For many years, Perth’s residents were ranked as having the highest personal net worth in Australia. In 2007, the average personal wealth in Perth was $338,000. This far surpassed the ACT’s (Australian Capital Territory’s) $329,000 and Sydney’s $292,000. This increase was due to Perth’s increased housing prices and the economic boom associated with the city’s mining activity. However, in the years since, the personal wealth of residents of Perth has fallen behind those of Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT. While those in Perth aren’t getting any poorer (the average personal net wealth is still a healthy $358,000) it has stagnated compared to the other major cities. Sydneysiders average net wealth reached a meteoritic $570,000, while Melbourne residents enjoyed an average of $491,000.

A growing tourist economy

Perth has been bolstering its tourism economy in recent years and people have been responding. Since 2009, the number of domestic visitors to Perth has increased by 91%, while the number of international visitors has increased by 42%. This has resulted in over 5.7 million tourists arriving in Perth between July of 2018 and June of 2019, the highest number the city has ever recorded. This total includes 924,000 international travellers, though the vast majority of overnight visitors to Perth are domestic travellers, which account for about 4.7 million people. The total visitors to Perth overall increased by 12.2% in the 2018 to 2019 tourism year.

Review Updated: July 9, 2020
Perth skyline from Kings ParkPerth skyline from Kings Park

Perth Urban Area Population History

1950 311,000
1951 320,000
1952 330,000
1953 339,000
1954 349,000
1955 358,000
1956 368,000
1957 378,000
1958 388,000
1959 398,000
1960 409,000
1961 420,000
1962 435,000
1963 450,000
1964 466,000
1965 483,000
1966 500,000
1967 542,000
1968 587,000
1969 635,000
1970 688,000
1971 745,000
1972 764,000
1973 784,000
1974 804,000
1975 825,000
1976 846,000
1977 864,000
1978 883,000
1979 902,000
1980 922,000
1981 942,000
1982 967,000
1983 993,000
1984 1,020,000
1985 1,048,000
1986 1,076,000
1987 1,105,000
1988 1,134,000
1989 1,164,000
1990 1,195,000
1991 1,226,000
1992 1,249,000
1993 1,272,000
1994 1,295,000
1995 1,319,000
1996 1,343,000
1997 1,359,000
1998 1,375,000
1999 1,391,000
2000 1,407,000
2001 1,423,000
2002 1,445,000
2003 1,466,000
2004 1,488,000
2005 1,511,000
2006 1,534,000
2007 1,579,000
2008 1,625,000
2009 1,673,000
2010 1,722,000
2011 1,773,000
2012 1,803,000
2013 1,833,000
2014 1,863,000
2015 1,894,000
2016 1,926,000
2017 1,958,000
2018 1,991,000
2019 2,016,000
2020 2,042,000

Perth Urban Area Population Projections

2021 2,067,000
2022 2,093,000
2023 2,118,000
2024 2,143,000
2025 2,169,000
2026 2,195,000
2027 2,221,000
2028 2,247,000
2029 2,273,000
2030 2,299,000
2031 2,325,000
2032 2,351,000
2033 2,376,000
2034 2,401,000
2035 2,427,000

Map of Perth, Australia

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