Demographics & statistics

Encompassing an area of 1,043 square kilometres, the City's diverse land area is rich in natural assets including a mountain range, fertile valley, flowing rivers and thriving biodiversity.

With a unique blend of residential, commercial, industrial and rural land as well as two large national parks and numerous reserves, it’s not surprising that our size makes us the largest local government in the Perth metropolitan area.

The 2016 Census shows that when compared to Greater Perth, Western Australia and Australia, the City’s population has a lower median age (34), a higher proportion of couples with children (36%), a lower proportion of the population aged over 70 (7%), more multiple family households (5%), a higher proportion of the population aged less than 15 (22%), fewer households renting (21%), a higher proportion of households with a mortgage (51%) and a higher proportion of households with two or more vehicles.

In 2019, the City is a thriving hub of demographic and economic growth with almost 156,000 residents living in approximately 60,000 dwellings across 42 suburbs, 74,200 employed residents, more than 10,000 actively trading businesses, 67,800 local jobs and a gross regional product of $9.95 billion.

With some of the fastest growing suburbs in Western Australia, two regional centres, major commercial and industrial areas, historically significant town sites and a thriving tourism industry, it’s no wonder the City of Swan is considered a great place to live, work and play.

Our major tourist attractions, including the magnificent Swan Valley, the Walyunga and Avon Valley National Parks, and significant Aboriginal and European heritage sites have elevated the City to "must-see destination" status and we warmly welcome the tens of thousands of local, national and international tourists who visit us every year.

We hope you'll drop by and find out why so many people come to visit and stay.