Emerging Population Segments [in the media]

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Australian population has grown by 8% in the last 5 years, with 49 new demographic groups emerging, according to a new demographic segmentation tool released by Experian this week. Mark McCrindle joins Mike and Virginia on ABC Breakfast today to explain 3 of the 49 new segments:

1. Greener Pastures

These are above average income earning families mainly with school aged children who in the past would’ve been in the established suburbs but are moving to the semi-rural areas of our capitals, to sometimes acreage, or more often moving to regional areas, refining regional Australia – they’re going to places like Wagga Wagga, Bendigo, Ballarat, Albury, and Wodonga. They are fairly sophisticated, bringing a good connection to the cities even though they’re now in regional areas.

2. New Bubs New Burbs

These are culturally diverse families that really are the next generation, extending to the outer suburbs of cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Whole new green field suburbs are being developed in the outskirts of major capitals suburbs, catering to the needs of this very aspirational generation of what once were working class families but are now professional class with children moving through university as well.

3. Coastal Contentments

These are a portion of the segment of sea changers that have been around for a while. These are people of retirement age that are moving to coastal areas, but not stopping work – many of them are maintaining work or starting a business, perhaps, with money to spend and not slowing down or downsizing. They remain in larger homes where the children come and visit – lifestyle is really on the top of the list for them.

Infrastructure demands in capitals lead to regional surge

As cities are growing at much faster rates than governments anticipated and not keeping up with the infrastructure needed to keep account of these new groupings, regional Australia is flourishing.

People on the outer suburbs of capitals are saying to themselves, “An hour and a half commute each day and the high cost of housing – maybe we’ll move to a regional center, establish a better lifestyle, and get a bit of breathing space on the mortgage.”

It is certain that the strain on infrastructure, the downside of the bottlenecks that it creates, the extra waiting times and the challenges and costs of getting around are creating fragmentation in terms of where people are living and new lifestyle options.

NSW versus Victoria population growth

Mark also mentions growth trends in Australia’s most popular state, NSW, home to one in three Australians. With the size of the growth and the challenge of keeping property prices attainable, we are seeing growth rates in Melbourne greater than Sydney.

Based on current trends, by the middle of this century Melbourne will exceed Sydney as the most populous city. Melbourne features more embedded transport options and forward planning over the past decade than Sydney, so people are starting to vote with their feet. 

Sydney has had a net loss to the other states, while Victoria has had a net gain in population from the other states.

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