1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Dec 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2009   
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The XX Factor
A Chillaxed Look At The Ladies In Broome

Broome..., the outback oasis where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean lap powder white beaches and where ancient pindan cliffs dramatically change colour from pink to red as the sun sets in the evening!

This all sounds very wonderful and probably why 11,548 people decided to mark this Urban Centre as their place of usual residence in the 2006 Census of Population and Housing.

Pearl luggers at sunset off Cable Beach, in Broome (Photo courtesy of Tourism WA)
Pearl luggers at sunset off Cable Beach, in Broome
(Photo courtesy of Tourism WA)

But with the extravagant scenery aside, let’s use freely available Census data to get a better insight into the XX factor.

Of the 11,548 people usually resident in the Broome Urban Centre, 5,586 (48%) of these were women. But exactly where were most of these women in the town of Broome residing I hear you ask? Where else but the glorious suburb of Cable Beach (2,170 females or 39% of the females in the Broome Urban Centre) - and who could blame them!

Being the helping kind, more women in the Town of Broome were employed in the Health care & social assistance industry (438 females) than in any other industry.

Proportion of Females by Suburb, 2006 Census

In addition to this, more females aged 15 and over stated that they had undertaken voluntary work for an organisation than males (898 females to 712 males).

Not only are they helpful, but they’re also a very smart bunch, with almost three times as many females attending a University or other tertiary institution in comparison to males.

Roughly twice as many females held Bachelor degrees and Post-graduate qualifications in comparison to males – even with less females living in the area.

A Selection of Statistics for Broome Urban Centre
(sourced from Basic Community Profiles, 2006 Census)
Number of females
Median age of females
Proportion of married females (15+)
Number attending an educational institution
1,128 (20%)
Most dominant religious affiliation
Catholic (1,616 females)
Proportion undertaking voluntary work (15+)
Proportion of females participating in the labour force (15+)
Proportion of unemployed females in the labour force (15+)