IN five years, Jindalee has grown eight-fold from 145 residents to 1180 recorded in the 2011 Census, but its population numbers fall below previous predictions.
Last August, the Times reported on the suburb’s explosive growth, with City of Wanneroo estimating the population at the time was 1274 people, nine times the 2006 figure.
However, the results of the Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on June 21 show the actual figures were lower, with 577 males and 603 females calling Jindalee home last year.
This trend occurred in all north coast suburbs except Yanchep, where the actual total, 4247 people, exceeded estimates of 3918 last year, a result of 1765 calling the area home.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the volume of building applications had an impact on slowing the growth, with people also being cautious and watching the economy rather than building or buying houses.
“Construction is certainly happening – there’s been a little bit of a slow down but we envisage that will pick up,” she said.
Nevertheless, population numbers increased in every suburb, more than tripling in Ridgewood from 1292 to 4007 residents.
By 2011, Clarkson had an extra 4605 people and Butler was accommodating 4597 more than it had in 2006.
Merriwa had the smallest change, with another 351 residents bringing its population to 5571.
In the five years between national headcounts, the City’s overall population grew from 110,940 to 152,077.
2011 Population by Suburb
Butler: 9653 (+4597 since 2006)
Clarkson: 11,687 (+4605)
Jindalee: 1180 (+1035)
Merriwa: 5571 (+351)
Mindarie: 7419 (+912)
Quinns Rocks: 8902 (+911)
Ridgewood: 4007 (+2715)
Two Rocks: 2242 (+423)
Yanchep: 4247 (+1765)
Foreigners in the majority
MORE than half of residents in Jindalee, Butler, Ridgewood and Mindarie were born outside Australia, according to the 2011 Census data.
In Jindalee, 433 people, or 36.7 per cent of the local population, were born in England, while 439 were born in Australia. Another 108 originated from South Africa, 50 from Scotland, 33 from New Zealand and 17 from Zimbabwe.
The majority living in Mindarie were born overseas, with just 42.6 per cent coming from Australia. Australianborn residents were marginally below half of the population in Ridgewood (49.6 per cent) and Butler (48.7 per cent). English natives ranked top for those born outside Australia across all north coast suburbs, with 10,857 recorded.
About 2500 were New Zealanders, 2000 were South Africans and 1300 were Scots.
Clarkson’s Lisa Jones, who migrated from Manchester in England’s north with her fiancé in June 2010, said they were attracted to WA’s laid back lifestyle and a more promising jobs market.
“The winters here are warmer than summers in Manchester.”
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the trend was no surprise, with migrants attracted by the lifestyle and climate.
Highest, lowest median weekly incomes
MEDIAN weekly incomes for households varied between Merriwa’s $956 and Jindalee’s $2456 across north coast suburbs, the 2011 Census revealed.
Jindalee also had the highest median monthly mortgage repayments, at $2950, while Two Rocks had the lowest repayments of $1733 a month.
The lowest median rents were in Alkimos-Carabooda-Eglinton at $250 a week, just over half of the highest rent rate, $480 in Mindarie.
Youngest, oldest profiles
CLARKSON and Butler have the youngest median ages of residents, at 28, while Two Rocks has the oldest, at 40.
Newborns to four year olds made up the highest proportions of residents in Butler, with 1046 children making up 10.8 per cent of the overall population, and in Merriwa, 479 made up 8.6 per cent.
People aged 45 to 49 made up the biggest proportion in Mindarie, totalling 835, or 11.3 per cent of its population.
Schools in other suburbs
HUNDREDS of children are travelling outside their home suburbs to attend school, with 2011 Census results showing 175 from Jindalee and 393 from Ridgewood going to primary school, although there were no schools in those suburbs.
Ridgewood also had 249 children attending secondary schools, while Jindalee had 120 and Two Rocks had 138.
Grouped together, Alkimos, Carabooda and Eglinton recorded 74 primary and 50 secondary students.
Single, two-car households
MERRIWA and Two Rocks have higher proportions of single-car households, with 43.5 per cent and 37 per cent respectively, according to the 2011 Census results.
In all other north coast suburbs, the highest proportion of households had two motor vehicles, ranging from 40 per cent in Alkimos-Carabooda-Eglinton to 54 per cent in Jindalee.
Most outright homeowners
TWO Rocks has the highest proportion of residents who own their homes outright, at 30.5 per cent.
The highest proportion of those paying a mortgage was 66.3 per cent in Jindalee, while the highest percentage of rented homes was 36.2, or 1392 dwellings, in Clarkson.
Afrikaans rates second
AFRIKAANS is the most commonly spoken language in homes after English, according to the 2011 Census results for north coast suburbs.
It topped the list in Butler, Clarkson, Jindalee, Mindarie, Quinns Rocks, Ridgewood and Two Rocks.
In Yanchep, German was spoken by 0.8 per cent, while in Merriwa, 0.6 per cent of residents spoke Dari, and in Alkimos-Carabooda-Eglinton, 2.8 per cent spoke Vietnamese.Married or defacto couples
JINDALEE and Mindarie had the highest proportions of married people over 15 years old during last year’s Census, with those making up about 64 per cent in each suburb.
At 15.8 per cent, Clarkson had the highest proportion of people in de facto relationships.
Rising tide of ‘no religion’
ALMOST 27 per cent of north coast residents said they had no religion in the 2011 Census, making up the biggest share of responses for most suburbs.
The exceptions were Jindalee and Mindarie, where 33.4 and 30.5 per cent said they were Anglican, followed by 23.5 and 21.5 per cent respectively who listed themselves as Catholics.
Nationally, 22.3 per cent of the population had no religion, below the 25.3 per cent Catholics. Another 17.1 per cent identified as Anglican.