This hasn’t been a recent trend though!
Since as early as the mid-2000s, nearly 80% of people changing from city to regional areas have been under the age of 50 . These facts dispel any myth that people moving from cities to sea or tree change areas are predominantly retirees or baby boomers.
According to Cameron Kusher, head of research at CoreLogic, out of the 25 regions that recorded the highest net internal migration over the last year, 13 were regional, country or coastal areas . The highest migration was recorded in Moreton Bay in Queensland.
Locations under an hour from capital cities posted strong increases. Areas including the coastal town of Yandina in Queensland, 22 kilometres north of the Sunshine Coast, have seen well over 50% growth in population between 2006 and 2011 . Some rises have been spectacular: with Mount Cotton – 34 kilometres from Brisbane City – experienced a population growth of 42% in the same period.
However, changers were not limited to locations within daily commute distances. In Queensland’s Maryborough, just south of Bundaberg, the population between 2006 and 2016 has seen a dramatic increase of 23% from 41,262 to 51,102 .