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Fairfield CityPopulation forecast

Wetherill Park

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in Wetherill Park is 15-19 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2016 to 2021.

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 Fairfield City depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Migration assumptions influenced by:

  • Relatively scarce development opportunties result in an overall loss in many age groups owing to a lack of housing opportunity within the suburb. Owing to tthe relatively small numbers moving in or out in some age groups, the migration profile is volatile, fluctuating in some age groups between small gains and losses
  • Gain of larger family households (10-17 and 30-39 year olds)
  • Loss of young adults and homemakers (18-29 years), as home leavers move out of the area and access affordable housing elsewhere, or to be closer to transport, education and employment opportunities
  • Loss of empty nester and retiree age groups (50-69 years)
  • Little change through migration expected in age groups 70+, fluctuating over time

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