Census data reveals who is who in City of Belmont area

Census data reveals who is who in City of Belmont area

WHO is who in the City of Belmont?

Last year’s Census data is in, and 39,682 locals have been counted.

51 per cent of the local government area’s population is male, while 49 per cent are female.

Nine-hundred and ninety-seven residents identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The median age is 34, median weekly personal income is $722, and there is an average of 2.4 people and 1.7 vehicles per household.

Belmont is a melting pot of different cultures, with almost half – 49.7 per cent – of residents stating both of their parents were born overseas.

Nearly 30 per cent of local households speak a language other than English, with Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Tagalog and Italian the top five spoken.

Ethnic Communities Council of WA President Ramdas Sankaran said having a culturally diverse population leads to myriad economic benefits and community vibrancy.

“Cultural events and festivals and cultural precincts attract Australian residents and overseas tourists,” Mr Sankaran said.

“International connectivity between immigrants and ‘home’ countries fosters business opportunities and formation, product development and promotes trade, tourism and education.”

“Multiculturalism is the glue that holds our society together.”

UWA Professor Paul Flatau from the university’s Centre for Social Impact said the data revealed allowed policy makers to cater to communities.

“Census data is enormously useful. It provides an understanding of the composition of the region’s population which, in turn, gives insight into population needs and services required to meet those needs,” he said.

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