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South West GroupPopulation forecast

South West Group

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in the South West Group is 20-24 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 South West Group depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Major migration assumptions:

  • Significant gain of families with young children (0-9 years), attracted to relatively affordable home owning opportunities in the outer south in particular
  • Significant gain of young adults, particularly in the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn, attracted to lifestyle, employment and education facilities
  • Gain of families with older children (10-18 years), particularly in more established parts of the SW Group
  • Modest loss of older persons (65 years and over).

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