Why the population exodus from Sydney?

Despite Sydney being one of the best cities in the world to live, there is population exodus with Sydneysiders moving interstate. sydney

Typically, Sydney gains population from overseas and loses population to other parts of Australia –  that’s nothing new.

But the 2015/16 ABS figures show a net loss is accelerating with a net loss of 23,176 people from Greater Sydney to other parts of Australia.

The average over the past 10 years has been a loss of 19,000 from Greater Sydney

It is by far the biggest internal migration loss of any Australian region according to demographers id.com.au who believe that housing affordability may be having an impact on the population.



Source: ABS.Stat – Regional Internal Migration Estimates and id.com.au

So who’s gainings from Sydney’s loss?

The internal migration chart shows that it’s partly Melbourne (gained about 2,400 people from Greater Sydney in net terms) but mostly regional NSW.

The following chart shows that the strongest migration from Sydney (some of which will be retirement related) is to nearby coastal areas, with the largest migration being into the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Illawarra and Mid-North Coast.

This chart shows the movement from Sydney to the regions in net terms in 2015/16.



Source id.com.au

Don’t get me wrong….

Sydney is still the place to be …. sydney

Sydney’s population has topped the 5 million mark after adding a million people in just 16 years.

Sydney absorbed 78 per cent of NSW’s total population increase in 2015-16 and the metropolitan was host to the 10 districts with the state’s largest population increases.

It took the city almost 30 years, from 1971 to 2000, to grow from 3 million to 4 million people but only half that time to pile on its next million.

Official Australian Bureau of Statistics population figures released on Thursday said the population of Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains and Central Coast, reached 5,005,400 at the end June 2016.

That was an increase of almost 83,000 on the previous year, and the city’s fifth largest annual population increase in absolute terms since 1901.

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'Why the population exodus from Sydney?' have 1 comment


    June 17, 2017 John Bullivant

    So we have an ageing population moving to renowned retirement regions, coincidently 2000 odd moved to Victoria, you can guarantee more moved to QLD, this article wreaks of inferiority complex from down south trying to portray an exodus and than saying but Sydney is the place to be afterwards, make your mind up, some clowns will still garner from this an exodus to Victoria, yeh right.


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