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Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to City of Darwin (+141) was from Katherine (T), whilst the highest net loss (-994) was to Palmerston (C).

Understanding where City of Darwin's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where City of Darwin'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.

City of Darwin'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 Darwin
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201131,993
Residents who had moved within City of Darwin 9,936
Migration from other parts of Northern Territory3,797
Migration to other parts of Northern Territory4,117
Net Migration from other parts of Northern Territory-320
Migration from other parts of Australia11,384
Migration to other parts of Australia12,886
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-1,493
Migration from other countries6,458
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 Darwin
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales2,6912,058633
Victoria2,2162,13581
Queensland2,7104,221-1,511
South Australia1,6011,763-162
Western Australia1,3951,748-353
Tasmania308377-69
Northern Territory3,7974,117-320
Australian Capital Territory463575-112

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 Darwin
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Palmerston (C)1,1352,129-994
Litchfield (M)552966-414
Brisbane (C)527871-344
Cairns (R)193437-244
Townsville (C)248452-204
Sunshine Coast (R)216402-186
Moreton Bay (R)174304-130
Unincorporated ACT445575-130
Rockingham (C)61182-121
Gold Coast (C)241361-120

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 Darwin
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Katherine (T)300159+141
Alice Springs (T)346243+103
West Arnhem (S)14076+64
Roper Gulf (S)7322+51
Mornington Peninsula (S)11464+50
Wyndham-East Kimberley (S)9141+50
Ryde (C)6115+46
Canterbury (C)390+39
East Arnhem (S)7839+39
Sydney (C)13798+39

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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