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Macarthur Region

Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the Macarthur Region (+2,445) was from Liverpool (C), whilst the highest net loss (-632) was to Wollongong (C).

Understanding where the Macarthur Region's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the Macarthur 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 Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201175,303
Residents who had moved within the Macarthur Region 43,522
Migration from other parts of New South Wales22,287
Migration to other parts of New South Wales20,996
Net Migration from other parts of New South Wales1,291
Migration from other parts of Australia2,511
Migration to other parts of Australia5,745
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-3,227
Migration from other countries6,136
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
Macarthur Region
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales22,28720,9961,291
Victoria547931-384
Queensland1,2173,122-1,905
South Australia160267-107
Western Australia256626-370
Tasmania104187-83
Northern Territory51209-158
Australian Capital Territory176396-220

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
Macarthur Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Wollongong (C)6411,273-632
Gold Coast (C)203696-493
Shoalhaven (C)287771-484
Wyong (A)178526-348
Sydney (C)306613-307
Wingecarribee (A)571873-302
Unincorporated ACT164393-229
Moreton Bay (R)168392-224
Brisbane (C)159350-191
Port Macquarie-Hastings (A)89278-189

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
Macarthur Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Liverpool (C)5,1012,656+2,445
Bankstown (C)1,607820+787
Fairfield (C)1,535759+776
Canterbury (C)908315+593
Hurstville (C)501217+284
Rockdale (C)504307+197
Botany Bay (C)28492+192
Holroyd (C)436250+186
Blacktown (C)887735+152
Penrith (C)1,021905+116

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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