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Population

The Mid West’s population has increased steadily over the past 20 years and at June 2011 was estimated to be 55,609. The region's population makes up 8% of the State's regional population and 2.3% of the total State population.  Between 2006 and 2011 the region grew at an average rate of 1.8% per anum.

While the current population makes the Mid West the sixth largest of Western Australia’s nine regions, with the region's high projected population growth expected to make it the fourth largest by 2026. Major economic developments such as the numerous resource projects proposed for the Region have the capacity to boost these projections quite significantly. The region’s enviable lifestyle, proximity to the metropolitan area, strong supportive social infrastructure and relatively cheap housing are attracting even more interest from retirees and those looking for a sea-change. A number of growth scenarios have been calculated and depending on actual developments, the region's population could grow to between 80,000-90,000 by 2026.

Population within the region is unevenly dispersed. The City of Greater Geraldton's population is estimated to be 40,257 or more than 70% of the region's population. Between 2006 and 2011 coastal municipalities (Greater Geraldton, Chapman Valley and Irwin) have shown steady growth, including 1.8% average annual average growth in the Shire of Chapman Valley to the north of the Geraldton/Greenough area. Many farming areas (Carnamah, Morawa, Mingenew and Coorow) have recorded decreases in population, largely as a result of farm amalgamation. The population of inland shires where mining is a dominant feature has tended to be variable depending on the level of economic activity. However, since the mid 1990's when fly-in/fly-out became established, population has tended to decline.


Estimated Resident Population 2006 - 2011

Local Governments 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Annual Growth
2010-11
AAGR
2006-11







%
%
Carnamah (S) 799  804 788 763 762 747 -2.0 -1.3
Chapman Valley (S) 951 979 1,052  1,069 1,059 1,073 1.3 2.4
Coorow (S) 1,269 1,212 1,184 1,185 1,184 1,155 -2.4 -1.9
Cue (S) 343 347 302 302 278  278 0.0 -4.1
Greater Geraldton (C) 36,031 36,805  37,870  38,763  39,368  40,257  2.3 2.2
Irwin (S) 3,245 3,363 3,486 3,594 3,664 3,768 2.8 3.0
Meekatharra (S) 1,230 1,234 1,227 1,218 1,228 1,250 1.8 0.3
Mingenew (S) 508 503 474  457 450 451 0.2 -2.4
Morawa (S) 867 876 893 882 881 892 1.2 0.6
Mount Magnet (S) 737 642  644 664 639 642 0.5 -2.7
Murchison (S) 119 119 111 114 112 115 2.7 -0.7
Northampton (S) 3,362 3,425 3,490 3,540 3,568 3,581 0.4 1.3
Perenjori (S) 566 544 526 536 533 524 -1.7 -1.5
Sandstone (S) 127 133 133 133 143 143 0.0 2.4
Three Springs (S) 699  686 698 732  704  705 0.1 0.2
Wiluna (S) 738 740 737 755 746 759 1.7 0.6
Yalgoo (S) 264 266 267 265 265 274 3.4 0.7
MID WEST 51,855 52,678 53,882 54,972 55,584 56,614 3.4 0.7


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