1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2010  
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Postcards From The Census

In this issue, Postcards travel east for a bush walk through the very leafy Local Government Area (LGA) of Kalamunda. Home of unspoilt National Parks and spectacular views.

The name Kalamunda comes from local Aboriginal words Cala (home or hearth) and Munnda (forest) and it is the Northern Terminus of the famous Bibbulmun Track.

In the Census held on 8 August 2006, there were 49,534 people usually resident in the LGA of Kalamunda. Of these, 49.6% were males and 50.4% were females.

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How old were they? Well, 20% of the population were children aged between 0-14 years. They were only slightly outnumbered by the more mature folk, that is, those aged 55 years and over (25%).

It is definitely the right place to get married and raise a family as 77% of occupied private dwellings were family households and 54% of people aged 15 years and over were married.

Total Number of Persons in the LGA of Kalamunda by
Census Collection District - Census, 2006

Kalamunda had a high percentage of English born residents (12%) compared with the rest of Australia (4%). So naturally English was the language of choice spoken at home for 89% of people. The most common language other than English was Italian with 2% of residents parlare la lingua.

Workwise the residents tended to be mostly employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (18%) and Clerical and Administrative Workers (17%). The most common industry of employment for residents aged 15 years and over was School Education (5%) and Road Freight Transport (4%).

So what changes have happened to the population of Kalamunda over the past 5 years since the last Census?

All will be revealed after Census 2011.

    A Selection of Statistics for the LGA of Kalamunda
    (sourced from 2006 Census Quick Stats)
    Number of people born overseas
    Total families
    Total participating in the labour force (15+)
    Median individual income ($/weekly)
    Median household income ($/weekly)
    Total private dwellings (includes unoccupied dwellings)
    Median rent ($/weekly)