How to identify a gentrifying area?

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5 Responses

  1. Eggy says:

    Nice article on the changes in our local suburbs. It is good to see this type of information published.

  2. Ivan says:

    The other interesting indicator of gentrification I noted from analysing the .id community profiles is with regard to religion. Almost all gentrifying areas have a significant increase in people with ‘No Religion’. Hmmmm, high incomes, high levels of education and no religion – does this mean that gentrifiers are more materialially oriented and less spiritual?

    • sez says:

      Ivan – perhaps the link here is that higher education leads to a more critical view of religion and religious texts, and whether there is any true relevance for formal religion in our lives.

  3. Shell says:

    Very interesting article – well written for the statistically challenged (me!).

    I’m planning to track the gentrification of Sunshine, Melbourne (yes, I am serious) so your tips re household income stats are much appreciated.



    • Glenn Capuano says:

      Hi Shell,

      Sunshine is a great example. In 2006, it was only just starting to show the signs of gentrification – small influx of young adults and increase at both ends of the income scale. It will be really interesting to see what happens by 2011, as it’s in a prime position on the railway line and has had lots of development. As a very low socio-economic area there is lots of room to move up the income scale.

      Keep an eye on the City of Brimbank profile, which include Sunshine, particularly when we update it after 2011.

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