The Southwest has the largest population in Western Australia outside of perth. Bunbury and the South West region are located 180km south of Perth, servicing Busselton, Margaret River and Yallingup.
This is a coastal holiday area, with excellent hotels and restaurants, world-renowned surfing beaches and a host of holiday locations. bunbury has experienced enormous growth in recent years and is the centre of one of the most important regions in the state. The area includes rich farmland as well as mining and power generation plants. in comparison to the 2006 census, the population within the radio licence area ofbunbury has increased by 18.7% to 145,857. The birthplace for 78.5% of the population was Oceania including Australian, New Zealander, indigenous and islander persons.
27,417 people (18.8%) were attending an educational institution in 2011, with 9.5% in infants or primary, 5.8% attending a secondary educational institution, 1.5% attending university or another tertiary institution and 2% attending TAFE. 49,860 people (34.2%) already have a tertiary qualification; 7.8% have a degree and 26.4% have a certificate, diploma or another tertiary qualification.
Of the total dwellings (52,547) in bunbury, 31% are owned outright and 36.8% are mortgaged. private rental properties represent 24.8% of total dwellings. 18% of the total households in bunbury have a household income range between $21,000-$42,000pa, 18.6% between $65,000-$104,000pa and 16% between $104,600-$156,000pa.
All major banks, car dealers, fast-food restaurants, hardware/home improvement and an extensive selection of national retail, chain and independent stores are represented in the area.