Community Profile

The Pilbara (map) is a globally significant mining and energy region with a wealth of resources, rich Aboriginal culture and stunning natural landscapes. The region is in northern Western Australia, covering 507,896 square kilometres (equivalent to 20 percent of the states total land mass). The Pilbara has an estimated residential population of over 60,000 people.

The Pilbara owes its unique identity to its rich heritage and culture, in particular its diverse Indigenous and multi-cultural heritage. Today there are more than 31 rich and diverse Aboriginal cultural groups in the Pilbara. Aboriginal Australians represent approximately 14 percent of the population.

The Pilbara has an active arts and cultural community across all artforms. The region is home to a growing number of practicing visual artists, musicians, dancers and theatre artists. The Pilbara has major cultural facilities and events, including the Matt Dann Cultural Centre in Port Hedland, the future Karratha Cultural Precinct, the Cossack Art Awards, the REAF festival and much more.

The Pilbara’s main centres are the city of Karratha and township of Port Hedland. Smaller surrounding towns include Newman, Tom Price, Onslow and Marble Bar.

This website presents demographic insights for the Pilbara region. Contact the Pilbara Development Commission for further information.

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