Millennials moving to Lucas

June 25, 2020

The analysis showed that contrary to popular perceptions, more people were moving from capital cities to regional areas than there were moving the other way. The report confirms that regional Australia had a net inflow of 65,204 people, meaning that in the five years to 2016, regional Australia attracted more people than it lost to capital cities.

This report however focuses on millennial's. It found more regionally-based millennial's — people aged between 20 and 35 years old — stayed in the country and moved to other regional areas in Australia, rather than shift to capital cities, during the 2011-2016 period.

Ballarat, Greater Bendigo and Greater Geelong, were popular destinations with the top three regional destinations for millennial movers being the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Sunshine Coast.

Tia and Brett have been together for almost 4 years . Both living in Hoppers Crossing their whole lives and being where most of their family is from. The couple had been looking around Ballarat for land and fell in love with a block of land in Lucas.

“We just couldn’t get past Lucas and how beautiful and clean the area is, and the fact there is a shopping centre, school etc so close to home just made it so easy for us to decide that Lucas is exactly where we want to grow old and create a family together.”

The pair have been documenting the process on their Instagram account @ourtwomeyhome with their land now settled the excitement of the build through Twomey Homes begins.

Since deciding to move to regional Victoria a few of Tia and Bretts friends have also made the move with one friend putting a block of land on hold in the street behind.

Joel Spence from Twomey Homes says, “We have seen a consistent number of millennial moving to the area for a few years now which is rather exciting. Many millennial's like Tia & Brett are very impressed with what the region has to offer and the availability of affordable new housing. As a professional in the building industry I think it’s a privilege to be welcoming them into our community.”

COVID-19 has also sparked a new wave of enquirers from Australians interested in moving from capital cities to regional areas. Many people have become used to working from home because of the corona virus shutdowns and distant suburbs and regional towns offer better affordability and more alluring lifestyles.

The Big Movers report released this week, looks at the way that people have moved around the country, where they chose to move to or move from, and the communities in which they decided to stay. It sets out a complex picture of population mobility in which people move to and from capital cities and regional areas and between regional areas themselves.

Fast facts:

  • Regional Australia had a net inflow of 65,204 people in the five years to 2016
  • In that time, 501,643 moved from capital cities to regional Australia and 436,439 moved from regional areas to capital cities
  • Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide experienced net population losses to regional Australia
  • In total, more than 1.2 million people moved to regional Australia from a capital city, or moved from one regional location to another
  • More millennials moved to capital cities from regions (31,999) than the other way around
  • But 207,510 millennials moved between regional communities
  • About 30 per cent of young people who move from a region to a big city after school end up returning to a regional area

Source: The Big Movers: Understanding PopulationMobility in Regional Australia (Regional Australia Institute)


The Big Movers report released this week, looks at the way that people have moved around the country and the results are interesting.

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