More millennials skipping the big city to make the move to Newcastle

23 Jun 2020

Newcastle has proven a drawcard for millennials bypassing the big cities in favour of a regional relocation.

The city was among the top three locations in Australia favoured by regionally-based millennials — people aged between 20 and 35 years old — who opted to move to another region rather than shift to a major metropolitan area, according to a new report issued today.

Compiled by Regional Australia Institute (RAI), “Big Movers: Population Mobility in Australia” tracked population movements that occurred in between the last two Census counts in 2011 and 2016.

According to an ABC article on the report, 207,510 millennials moved between regional communities during the four-year period, with Newcastle, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast the most popular destinations.

Other Hunter locations, including Maitland and Lake Macquarie, also benefitted from the millennials’ preference to maintain their regional roots.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes spoke with ABC News presenter Joe O’Brien today to explain what we’re doing to make Newcastle a smart, progressive and liveable city.