Growing pains are real: new data reveals WA's population is bigger than we thought

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Period14 Jul 2023

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  • TitleGrowing pains are real: new data reveals WA’s population is bigger than we thought
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUWA Impact
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionWith record low rental vacancies, low unemployment and long wait times for many services and trades, it will come as no surprise to most that Western Australia’s population has grown, and grown fast.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently reviewed its population data and has revised the population figures for WA.

    The ABS data has confirmed WA has the nation’s highest population growth rate at 2.3 per cent, compared to a national average of 1.9 per cent.

    But what this new data also shows is that WA’s population is even bigger than what experts thought.

    Between the 2016 and 2021 Census, our state gained approximately 20,000 more residents than previously thought, through interstate moves. Overall, there are approximately 50,000 more people living in WA than forecast and the new data shows the number of people who moved to WA during the COVID period was higher than previously estimated.

    What all this means is that WA is growing, it is growing larger than projected and the growth has come quickly.
    PersonsAmanda Davies