Are empty nesters moving to inner-city apartments?

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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5 Responses

  1. Rob Spragg says:

    In our view the critical factor will be the location of our grandchildren. We have ideas, not yet realised, to build granny flats or live near each of our two daughters, who are in remote rural and outer suburban locations. If that does not work out, an inner city apartment looks attractive.

  2. kylee says:

    I’m interested in your views about how local papers, which are delivered through the letterbox or on the front lawn of residents homes, can capitalise on the growth in high density living given most have restricted access to either their front door and/or letter box. Obviously the internet plays a big part, but given most people prefer to read their ‘local paper’ in print, how does one overcome this obstacle?

    • Glenn says:

      Good point Kylee – and it’s a similar problem that the ABS has in delivering the Census. They have to negotiate directly with the building manager for each apartment block to get access for the Census collectors to go door-to-door. It’s tedious and difficult because residents aren’t expecting a knock on the door. This contributes to some of the high levels of “Non-Response” in the Census.

      From what little I’ve seen, local papers often get left in the common areas of a building, not necessarily delivered to the apartments.

      So I don’t have an answer for you I’m afraid. There is certainly a growing tendency for people to be concerned about security, and to lock themselves away behind multiple layers of it.


  3. Kylee says:

    Thanks Glenn. I’ve used your social atlas to help me better understand they demographic profile of people living in high density dwellings, and it appears the are certainly NOT the family type. My assumption thus becomes, people living in high density dwellings are probably not that interested in their local newspaper, given what we know is that ‘local’ newspapers become of interest once people start nesting and/or purchase a home. Do you have any other recommended resources for me to explore this theory?

  4. Glenn says:

    Kylee – one of the best indicators of involvement in the local community is how often people move. Renters are far more likely to move over a 5 year period than home owners. Renters are also more likely to live in high density housing. Check out any atlas and you have a map showing % of rental and % of population mobility. That’s a good place to start.


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