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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region (+668) was from Logan (C), whilst the highest net loss (-1,190) was to Brisbane (C).

Understanding where the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201199,992
Residents who had moved within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 56,946
Migration from other parts of Queensland26,065
Migration to other parts of Queensland22,857
Net Migration from other parts of Queensland3,208
Migration from other parts of Australia9,556
Migration to other parts of Australia8,059
Net Migration from other parts of Australia1,500
Migration from other countries6,162
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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales5,7354,3301,405
Victoria1,2721,283-11
Queensland26,06522,8573,208
South Australia571444127
Western Australia72370518
Tasmania243352-109
Northern Territory728527201
Australian Capital Territory284415-131

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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Brisbane (C)4,1415,331-1,190
Sunshine Coast (R)1,3582,247-889
Bundaberg (R)596860-264
Townsville (C)722923-201
Fraser Coast (R)799972-173
No usual address (Qld)76241-165
Unincorporated ACT266415-149
Cairns (R)294383-89
Rockhampton (R)598682-84
Gladstone (R)320403-83

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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Logan (C)1,434766+668
Redland (C)756407+349
Moreton Bay (R)1,9671,647+320
Gold Coast (C)1,7201,413+307
Lockyer Valley (R)1,4461,190+256
Moree Plains (A)430179+251
South Burnett (R)849663+186
Scenic Rim (R)365192+173
Mount Isa (C)356190+166
Banana (S)365222+143

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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