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Alexandrina CouncilPopulation forecast

Alexandrina Council

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in Alexandrina Council is 55-59 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2026 to 2031.

Migration is one of the most important components of population change. Once you have established the amount of development activity in an area, the next step is to make assumptions about who will move into the area as well as who is leaving the area.

Net migration by age is an excellent way of understanding housing markets. The most mobile age groups in the population are young adults. They tend to move to attend educational institutions, seek work and express a change in lifestyle. Market research has shown that empty nesters are more likely to move to smaller accommodation when appropriate and affordable alternative housing is supplied in the local area that is accessible to established social networks.

Select each small area to see how migration patterns differ for each area across Alexandrina Council depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Major migration assumptions:

  • Stable migration profile expected across the 2016-2026 period, with net in-migration increasing slightly over time as residential development opportunities are realised around Goolwa and Strathalbyn in particular
  • There are two main housing markets in Alexandrina, the first consisting of families who are attracted to more affordable housing and the opportunity to live in a semi-rural environment but still be within commuting distance of Adelaide. This is particularly noticeable in the northern part of Alexandrina.
  • The second housing market consists of retirees (typically 55-69 years) who seek lifestyle opportunities in both coastal and inland areas
  • Like most of regional Australia, Alexandrina loses young adults (18-24 years) to Adelaide and other parts of Australia for employment, education and lifestyle purposes.

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