There's a few things in Geraldton we believe about ourselves, and we often recite those beliefs without checking the stats.
One of those is that Geraldton is a high growth city. In fact ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data shows Geraldton is growing at a much slower rate than other regional cities or the state's capital, increasing at a rate of only 2.5% compared to the state average of 3.3%, or Perth at 3.8%.
Another myth is that the cost to employ staff in Geraldton is high, compared to other places in WA.
The ABS has just released data that shows people in Geraldton and the Midwest actually earn significantly less than the state average.
The average wage in the Midwest is only $53,169, compared to the state average of $58,291.
The highest earners in WA are in Cottesloe, with an average income of $125,441. The highest for regional WA is Karratha and Port Hedland, with average incomes of $86,828 and $86,079 respectively.
An average income in the suburbs around Stirling in Perth is $59,079.
Midwest Average: $53,169
Geraldton Central: $53,415
Geraldton East: $53,746
Geraldton North: $54,222
Geraldton South: $53,525
Morowa: $56, 289