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 in 2019-20.


Data Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Agricultural Commodities by State/Territory and NRM Region 2013-14 – 2019-20.

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.

Data Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics datasets

Regional population growth, unemployment rates and high school enrolments

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The map shows the percentage change in population from 2005-2015 and the annual population growth from 2005 based on Local Government Area (LGA) and total town populations in 2016; unemployment rates (%) in 2016 by LGA and high school student enrolment numbers from 2008-2016.


Data Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)


Australian Bureau of Statistics


Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority


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