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Perth's outer suburbs are delivering a slice of the State's mining boom to tens of thousands of new West Australians.

New figures show that between 2001 and 2011, the population of Ellenbrook grew by five people a day, or more than 17,700 residents.

It was the fastest growing suburb in WA, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The population now stands at 24,500.

Good Life Ellenbrook owner Divera Black said it was clear there had been "extreme growth" since she opened her store six years ago.

"When I used to go into Ellenbrook to start work I'd come into Pinaster Parade and you could only see the shopping centre from the top of the road, but now it's all buildings," she said.

Ms Black moved to Ellenbrook two years ago and said it was an ideal place to live.

"The only problem is that there's a vast distance between the built-up areas," she said.

The Swan Valley is not the only area luring new residents, with the eastern stretches of Canning Vale (15,600), the Madeley-Darch area (15,300) and Butler-Merriwa (14,900) all adding a substantial number of residents over the past decade.

The population of the Bertram-Wellard area jumped more than 600 per cent over the 10 years, while in Tapping-Ashby the number of residents grew fivefold.

The outer suburbs of Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne all showed big population gains as many people attempted to build and buy their own little part of Australia. The figures also confirm that Australia's population is increasingly calling its capital cities home.

A record 78 per cent of all West Australians now live in Perth, while in South Australia 77 per cent of residents live in Adelaide.

While the population of the greater Perth area grew by 26.2 per cent, the fastest growth of any capital, the population for the rest of WA grew by a more modest 15.8 per cent.

Greater Perth's population reached 1.83 million in the middle of last year, an increase of more than 380,000 over the decade.

The West Australian

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