Demographics

The Kimberley is characterised by a unique demographic set that includes around 44% Indigenous people and a young workforce that aiming to capitalise on regional opportunities.

The Census of Population and Housing is the most comprehensive source of demographics and they can be found on the Census Profile page.

ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION

Shire     2004 2006 2008 2012 2013 AAGR 2008-2013 AAGR 2003-2013
Broome  14,045  14,326  14,924 16,394 17,251 2.9%  2.2%
Derby-West Kimberley  7,821 8,095  8,521 9,395 10,047 3.3% 2.6%
Halls Creek  3,793  3,762  3,845 3,914 3,940 0.5%  0.4%
Wyndham – East Kimberley  7,595  7,879  7,967 8,652 8,652 1.7%  1.3%
KIMBERLEY    33,026  34,062  35,257  38,122 39,890 2.5%  1.9%

Source: ABS

AAGR – Average Annual Growth Rate

KIMBERLEY POPULATION PYRAMID

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Source: 2011 ABS Census of Population and Housing

POPULATION PROJECTIONS

The Western Australian Planning Commission has generated population projections by Local Government Area inWestern Australia Tomorrow. A specific Kimberley section has also been developed.

A summary of data is provided below representing the ‘middle’ scenario.

It should be noted that these projects are essentially based on population growth = (births – deaths) + (arrivals – departures) for the years 2006 to 2010 and does not include regional projects that may significantly affect the local population. The undercount of Indigenous poeple at the 2006 Census may also impact on the population projections.

As such it is recommended that users consider the original document pertaining to the notes for the Kimberley region.

Shire 2006 2011 2016 2021 2026
Broome 14,400 16,800 19,000 20,900 23,000
Derby- West Kimberley 7,500 7,600 7,600 7,400 7,100
Halls Creek 3,700 3,400 3,300 3,100 2,000
Wyndham- East Kimberley 7,300 7,900 8,000 7,800 7,600
KIMBERLEY  32,900  35,700  37,900  39,200  39,700