1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Mar 2010  
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The XX Factor
A Chillaxed Look At The Women In Esperance

In the XX factor we use data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census of Population and Housing (cat. no. 2015.0) to learn more about women in a specific area of WA. In this edition we head down south to a place of renowned splendour.

Esperance is home to perfect pristine beaches and scenic national parks. A truly beautiful place to live by all accounts and in the 2006 Census 9,534 people called the Urban Centre of Esperance their usual residence.

Luck Bay - Cape Le Grand Esperance
Lucky Bay - Cape Le Grand, Esperance

Of those 9,534 residents, 52% (4,908) were women. Perhaps this could be another reason that Esperance is considered one of the most beautiful places in Australia.

Not only were there more women than men in the Urban Centre of Esperance, but the girls don’t mind getting their hands dirty with 41% (242) of all labourers being women. As far as professionals go, 55% (312) were female. Women had the highest representation in the Clerical and Administrative area. In fact, 86% of workers in this industry were female.

Proportion of Females in Esperance who have completed a Bachelor Degree, by Suburb - 2006 Census

Map of Proportion of Females in Esperance who have completed a Bachelor Degree by Suburb 2006 Census

Unfortunately, if you are a woman living in Esperance, your domestic labouring is quite high. 874 females reported doing 30hrs or more of unpaid domestic work compared to 157 males, while 1,050 women over the age of 15 volunteered for an organisation or group. Perhaps this is why Esperance won the 2009 South Coast Regional Tidy Town title?

As for education, more females (289) than males (188) stated that they held Bachelor degrees in 2006. Across all areas of non-school qualifications, Esperance women dominated except for Postgraduate Degrees where males (22) were slightly higher than females (16).

Esperance, beautiful and smart!

    A Selection of Statistics for Esperance Urban Centre
    (sourced from Basic Community Profiles, 2006 Census)
    Number of females 4908
    Median age of females 36
    Proportion of married females (15+) 47%
    Number of females born in Australia 4051
    Most dominant religious affiliation Anglican (948 females)
    Proportion of females undertaking voluntary work (15+) 28%
    Proportion of females participating in the labour force (15+) 55%
    Proportion of unemployed females in the labour force (15+) 3%