Where do older people live?

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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  1. Ian Bowie says:

    It’s interesting to observe that concentrations of the ‘elderly’ aren’t confined to coastal LGAs: particularly in Victoria there is an inland belt of what may be tree change (as opposed to sea change) LGAs: given the small LGA populations the apparent concentrations may be as much to do with ageing in agricultural regions as with retirement migration. I wonder how well these patterns of ‘elderly’ are matched by those of ‘pre-retirement’ (55-64) and ‘early retirement’ (65-74) populations?

  2. Simone Alexander says:

    Hi Ian, there is no doubt an element of retirement migration in some inland areas but the data clearly shows that in the agricultural areas it’s more about young people moving out and leaving behind an older population. I know that there is some retirement migration to some of the Murray River towns for example.

    I agree that it would be interesting to look at the 55-64s and 65-74s – and also the 85+ cohort. I would like to revisit some of my blogs on internal migration of the 55-64s when the new data is released later this year. In some of the coastal LGAs you can clearly see the impact of retirement migration when you look at the data by age.

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