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Monday, December 3, 2018

Australia has some of the biggest houses in the world

It's often said that Australia builds some of the largest houses in the world.  In the second half of the twentieth century the growth of suburbs dominated by separate houses on large blocks has contributed to urban sprawl.  In many ways it's ironic that although contemporary planning policies seek to address these issues eg through smaller block sizes on the urban fringe and increased densities in established areas, house sizes remain large.  What data illustrates these trends?

Monday, November 19, 2018

The young and the old - how age structures differ across NSW

Recently I published a blog that looked at the importance of considering age alongside other social variables in order to give it more context.  This blog will continue the age theme, but look at examples of different age structures across NSW.  The data is sourced from the ABS release Regional Population by age and sex (ABS Cat. no. 3235.0) and as such uses the 2017 ERP (Estimated Resident Population - the official figure) rather than the Census figure.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yorke Peninsula population trends

This week I'm taking a case study approach in my blog by focussing on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.  I recently spent a long weekend there, raising my curiosity levels with regards to its demographic characteristics.  For those unfamiliar with the region, it's the part of South Australia located to the west of Adelaide that's shaped like a boot - ie the part that looks like Italy.  The settlement pattern is dominated by agricultural landscapes with a number of small towns.  What are the key demographic trends in this part of South Australia?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Who is moving to Tasmania?

With the current focus on immigration and strong population growth in Sydney and Melbourne, the resurgence of Tasmania and its demographic fortunes tend to be overlooked.  The "Apple Isle" has been recording modest growth for many years, and is ageing faster than other parts of Australia.  Just a few short years ago the demographic challenges associated with an ageing population and out-migration of young adults were the reality.  Since 2011, Tasmania's rate and volume of growth have increased.  Read on to find out more about the drivers behind this trend.