Census results shows massive growth in Perth’s northern suburbs

Alkimos and Eglinton had grown enough to be included as suburbs in the 2016 Census.
Alkimos and Eglinton had grown enough to be included as suburbs in the 2016 Census.

TWO North Coast suburbs have featured in the Census results for the first time, having grown to almost 8000 residents collectively in five years.

Alkimos and Eglinton were grouped with Carabooda for the 2011 national head count, when the three areas recorded a total population of 737.

However, the 2016 Census recorded 6269 people in Alkimos and 1680 in Eglinton, plus 442 in Carabooda.

Jindalee, which was the fastest growing north coast suburb between 2006 and 2011, continued to see growth with a 113 per cent increase in the five years to 2016.

Its population more than doubled from 1180 to 2519.

Yanchep also more than doubled from 4247 to 8868 residents, a 109 per cent increase, while Two Rocks saw its numbers rise by 33 per cent from 2242 to 2990.

Butler grew from 9653 to 13,278 people – a 37.6 per cent increase – and Ridgewood had 16.6 per cent rate of growth, increasing from 4007 to 4674 residents.

Clarkson had a more modest 11 per cent increase from 11,687 to 12,967, and Mindarie had a marginal 1.4 per cent rise from 7419 to 7520.

Quinns Rocks and Merriwa both had falling population numbers, dropping from 8902 to 8734 and 5571 to 5489 respectively.

Nowergup’s rural population also dropped from 212 to 195 people, but Neerabup reported an increase from eight to 104.

Overall the City of Wanneroo’s population grew by 24 per cent, from 152,077 to 188,212 people, and the Shire of Gingin had an 11 per cent increase from 4685 people to 5217.

The City of Joondalup’s population rose about 13 per cent from 152,406 to 154,445 people.

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