Net migration by age
The age group with the highest net migration in Gosford City is 35-39 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2011 to 2016.
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 Gosford City depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.
Migration assumptions influenced by:
- A consistent pattern of migration throughout the period 2011-2026
- Significant attraction of young and mature families (0-14 and 30-44 years)
- Significant loss of young adults (18-24 years) as children leave the family home to access education opportunities, employment or affordable housing opportunities elsewhere, or younger first-time home-buyers leave to access affordable family housing with the intention of starting a family
- Slight loss of middle-aged couples (15-19 and 45-59 years), probably 'empty-nesters' down-sizing
- Gain of empty nesters and retirees (60-69 years)
- Loss of older persons aged 70+, some of whom will be moving into aged care facilites or moving closer to family and/or support services