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Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the City of Newcastle (+361) was from Port Macquarie-Hastings (A), whilst the highest net loss (-256) was to Unincorporated ACT.

Understanding where the City of Newcastle's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the City of Newcastle'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 Newcastle'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 Newcastle
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201155,942
Residents who had moved within the City of Newcastle 23,634
Migration from other parts of New South Wales22,672
Migration to other parts of New South Wales18,310
Net Migration from other parts of New South Wales4,362
Migration from other parts of Australia3,593
Migration to other parts of Australia4,599
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-1,006
Migration from other countries5,296
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 Newcastle
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales22,67218,3104,362
Victoria8401,021-181
Queensland1,4911,802-311
South Australia226318-92
Western Australia340518-178
Tasmania17114526
Northern Territory228251-23
Australian Capital Territory297544-247

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 Newcastle
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Unincorporated ACT288544-256
Maitland (C)1,7111,935-224
Lake Macquarie (C)7,0877,294-207
Brisbane (C)394556-162
Cessnock (C)528673-145
Gold Coast (C)176299-123
No usual address (NSW)40139-99
Sydney (C)337432-95
Yarra (C)2571-46
Wyndham (C)1957-38

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 Newcastle
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Port Macquarie-Hastings (A)583222+361
Greater Taree (C)567220+347
Tamworth Regional (A)444197+247
Dubbo (C)28173+208
Singleton (A)330152+178
Wyong (A)493334+159
Gosford (C)439286+153
Great Lakes (A)461315+146
Port Stephens (A)1,7131,589+124
Muswellbrook (A)20079+121

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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