English ancestry strong in Harvey
THE Shire of Harvey has a higher percentage of people claiming English ancestry than the State average according to a new website.
The website has shone a light on the cultural diversity of local government areas in WA including Bunbury, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Harvey.
Developed by the State Government, Search Diversity WA is an online search facility that details the demographic, cultural and social and economic backgrounds of West Australians, including profiles of all WA electoral divisions and local government areas.
Using data from the Bureau of Statistics, the website gives figures on ancestry, birthplace, year of arrival, language spoken at home, proficiency in English, religion and citizenship rates.
It also shows data on demographics, education and work, households and disabilities in key areas.
According to the website, 44.01 per cent of the population of Harvey claim English ancestry compared to the State average of 37.63.
The highest number of overseas migrants to Harvey occurred in 2007 when 262 people arrived in the shire.
The number of migrants coming to Harvey since 2007 has dropped significantly, with only 58 people arriving in 2016.
Arrivals in Capel and Dardanup peaked in 2008 when 259 and 129 people arrived in the shires respectively.
Conversely, Collie’s arrivals peaked back in 1950 when 45 people arrived in the shire while Donnybrook-Balingup peaked in 1968 with the arrival 40 migrants.
According to the website, the most common birthplace for all migrants coming to the region was England followed by New Zealand.
Collie had the highest percentage of people born in Australia at 79.04 per cent, while Bunbury had the lowest at 71.32 per cent.