Population Trend

Population Trend

For rural communities to remain viable, they need to maintain a critical number of residents of a range of demographics. There is variability in population dynamics across the Wheatbelt region however, rural depopulation, particularly the loss of young people, is common in Wheatbelt communities.

How can we monitor progress?

At Wheatbelt NRM Inc. we have searched for data that can help us monitor the population dynamics and opportunities for people of the region. At a regional and sub-regional level we can report on the number of people living in close proximity to major centres and the direction of population change (growth or decline). We can also follow the changing size of farms, changing age-structure, high school enrolment numbers, and employment rates as indicators of opportunities for young people.

Farm size

The average farm area in the Wheatbelt NRM region during 2013-14. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Agricultural Commodities by State and NRM Region 2013-14 - Western Australia.

Population of the Wheatbelt

The graph shows the age structure of the total population of the Wheatbelt NRM region based on Local Government Areas (LGA) that fall entirely or partially within the region.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 and 2011 census data.

Regional population growth, unemployment rates and high school enrolments

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The map shows the population growth (% change) from 2014-2015 based on Local Government Area (LGA) and total town populations in 2010; annual estimated population numbers from 2005-2015, unemployment rates (%) in 2010 by LGA and high school student enrolment numbers. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Regional Population Growth and; Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).


Australian Bureau of Statistics


Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority


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