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Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the City of Adelaide (+97) was from Mitcham (C), whilst the highest net loss (-167) was to West Torrens (C).

Understanding where the City of Adelaide's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the City of Adelaide's residents are moving to indicates areas of population growth and informs possible strategies to retain and attract residents.

Generally, areas of new housing growth attract residents from established areas, especially young couples and families. Coastal communities attract retirees and people seeking a lifestyle change, while inner city areas and areas near universities attract young adults. These are broad demographic trends, while local demographic factors also have a major impact on population movement.

The City of Adelaide's migration data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years prior to the last Census. The top ten local government areas of population movement are ranked, based on net change - that is, the difference between those who moved in and those who moved out. The areas with the greatest net change (gain or loss) to a particular area may not necessarily be those with the greatest population exchange.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 9 August 2006)'.

Migration into and out of the area, 2006 to 2011
City of Adelaide
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201111,658
Residents who had moved within the City of Adelaide 1,026
Migration from other parts of South Australia4,330
Migration to other parts of South Australia4,150
Net Migration from other parts of South Australia180
Migration from other parts of Australia1,627
Migration to other parts of Australia1,734
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-107
Migration from other countries4,592
Migration to other countries--
Net Migration from other countries--

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Migration between the area and other States/Territories
City of Adelaide
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales463483-20
Victoria535545-10
Queensland241331-90
South Australia4,3304,150180
Western Australia104165-61
Tasmania4865-17
Northern Territory1407169
Australian Capital Territory967422

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 LGAs ranked by net loss to the area
City of Adelaide
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
West Torrens (C)204371-167
Norwood Payneham St Peters (C)291440-149
Charles Sturt (C)267398-131
Port Adelaide Enfield (C)267398-131
Brisbane (C)101192-91
Unley (C)329389-60
Melbourne (C)3290-58
Marion (C)149198-49
Sydney (C)56105-49
Prospect (C)173214-41

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 LGAs ranked by net gain to the area
City of Adelaide
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Mitcham (C)294197+97
Onkaparinga (C)187117+70
Tea Tree Gully (C)175114+61
Mount Gambier (C)7111+60
Adelaide Hills (DC)15192+59
Mildura (RC)6818+50
Port Pirie City and Dists (M)446+38
Barossa (DC)5721+36
Alice Springs (T)383+35
Wattle Range (DC)417+34

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.