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Greater Western Sydney Region

Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the Greater Western Sydney Region (+6,671) was from Canterbury (C), whilst the highest net loss (-3,732) was to Wyong (A).

Understanding where the Greater Western Sydney Region's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the Greater Western Sydney Region'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 Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 2011598,251
Residents who had moved within the Greater Western Sydney Region 376,893
Migration from other parts of New South Wales95,178
Migration to other parts of New South Wales104,291
Net Migration from other parts of New South Wales-9,113
Migration from other parts of Australia20,022
Migration to other parts of Australia42,092
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-22,057
Migration from other countries99,420
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
Greater Western Sydney Region
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales95,178104,291-9,113
Victoria5,1918,788-3,597
Queensland8,20420,481-12,277
South Australia1,8842,252-368
Western Australia1,9604,869-2,909
Tasmania7191,282-563
Northern Territory6651,046-381
Australian Capital Territory1,3993,361-1,962

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
Greater Western Sydney Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Wyong (A)1,5435,275-3,732
Gold Coast (C)1,1424,285-3,143
Gosford (C)1,4243,919-2,495
Unincorporated ACT1,3463,352-2,006
Brisbane (C)1,7623,510-1,748
Shoalhaven (C)1,0812,812-1,731
Moreton Bay (R)7032,347-1,644
Wollongong (C)1,7573,200-1,443
Lake Macquarie (C)9222,298-1,376
Port Macquarie-Hastings (A)5831,890-1,307

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
Greater Western Sydney Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Canterbury (C)10,7034,032+6,671
Ryde (C)6,8544,575+2,279
Hurstville (C)3,3781,990+1,388
Ashfield (A)2,4651,242+1,223
Rockdale (C)3,4462,357+1,089
Strathfield (A)3,2092,158+1,051
Burwood (A)2,1491,119+1,030
Hornsby (A)8,2657,421+844
Botany Bay (C)1,312633+679
Kogarah (C)1,6831,113+570

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.

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