One Australian state has lost thousands of residents in recent months, who are seemingly preferring the warmer weather of other regions of Australia, new data suggests.
NSW residents are leaving their home state to live elsewhere, according to new population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The nation’s most populous state had the greatest number of people leave; NSW’s net interstate migration experienced a population loss of 37,914 in the year ending September 30, 2022.
121,066 people left NSW in the year ending September 2022 according to the ABS, while 83,152 people arrived during the same period. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye GerardMeanwhile, 86,208 people left Victoria and 70,639 arrived from interstate. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw
Victoria also witnessed a large exodus of residents, with 15,569 fewer people inside its state borders during the same period.
Queensland seemed to pick up a lot of the population slack from the other states, with 46,623 people migrating to the sunshine state.
There was also an influx of people from the east moving to Western Australia, with 11,658 people arriving from interstate.
Australia’s population grew by 1.6 per cent, similar to its growth in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to head of ABS Demography Beidar Cho.
There were 302,900 births and 188,00 deaths registered in Australia during the recorded period. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw
“Our population at 30 September 2022 was 26.1 million people, after we recorded an increase of 418,500 people over the year,” Ms Cho Said.
“Migrant arrivals have returned to similar levels to those prior to the pandemic, but departures remain lower – mainly because there are fewer recently arrived temporary migrants, like international students who are due to leave.”
The natural increase in population was 114,800, with 302,900 births and 188,00 deaths registered.
The number of deaths in Australia increased by 10.8 per cent, mainly due to Covid-19, according to the ABS.
There were 536,900 overseas migration arrivals and 233,200 departures, resulting in Australia’s population growing by 303,700 people from overseas migration.
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