Sydney's Rising Star Suburbs

Monday, January 04, 2016

Analysis of the Urban Living Index shows the
top 3 growth areas to watch


The Urban Living Index rates each of Sydney’s suburbs based on five key liveability factors: Community, Employability, Amenity, Accessibility and importantly, Affordability.

While some of Sydney’s most glamorous suburbs such as Bondi, Neutral Bay and Manly did very well on the first four measures, they did not do well in the affordability category. The cost of living and the cost of housing are currently red-hot issues for Sydney siders and so affordability is in many ways the priority issue with the other lifestyle measures remaining purely theoretical for those priced out of an area.

The majority of Sydneysiders (51%) believe that their area will be even less affordable in three years’ time than it is today- which is almost five times as many as those who believe their area will become more affordable. And most strikingly, almost 9 in 10 Sydney residents (88%) state that housing affordability will be a massive or significant challenge for the next generation.

With this in mind, we have analysed the Urban Living Index data of all Sydney suburbs to find the areas that have excellent affordability- but also rate very well on the other lifestyle measures.

While there are 25 suburbs that score 15 or above (out of 20) for affordability, there are three areas in this list that have great results in the other liveability categories as well.

1st Lalor Park

Lalor Park and the adjoining Kings Langley toped our hot spotting list. The affordability score (15) was excellent, and these suburbs have an amenity score (a measure of the number of shops, restaurants, arts and recreation facilities and educational options in the suburb) which was very good. In fact these suburbs scored higher on the local amenity provisions than suburbs including Newport, Wahroonga and Frenchs Forest. Similarly Lalor Park and Kings Langley scored well on accessibility (a measure that looks at public transport, employment access and walkability of an area) and above beach and harbour side suburbs like Avalon and Rose Bay.

While the overall score for Lalor Park-Kings Langley is in the “Very Good” category, its excellent affordability ranking makes it a suburb likely to boom.

2nd Menai

Menai and the adjoining suburbs of Lucas Heights and Woronora are the next suburbs set to take off based on this analysis. Relative to other Sydney suburbs, the affordability is in the excellent category and this is matched by the employability category. So the combination of good employment numbers, a significant local economy and access to housing more affordable than much of Sydney, this area in Sydney’s south is a clear hotspot.

3rd Blaxland

The third most rated area from this affordability and liveability analysis is Blaxland at the foot of the Blue Mountains and the adjoining suburbs of Warrimoo and Lapstone. Just 8 minutes from the M4 motorway, and less than 10 minutes from the Western Sydney suburbs of Penrith and Emu Plains, this area has become part of Sydney’s greater west yet the affordability, along with the community and amenity scores lift it above many areas in the outer western Sydney ring.

As the urban living index data shows, liveability depends on more than just water views and beach access- the practical factors of educational options, employment access, public transport and other built amenity and of course affordability all make an area desirable and facilitate lifestyle. That is why each of these areas have rated on the Index above the well-heeled suburbs of Palm Beach, Belrose and Vaucluse and it is why they stand out as rising stars.


This research we conducted for Urban Taskforce Australia is an example of robust research generating significant media activity and reader interest. This particular piece was summarised in the Sydney Morning Herald here, and as you can see from the image below was in the top 5 most read columns on the day in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and the Brisbane Times.

For more information

The Urban Living Index was developed by McCrindle for Urban Taskforce Australia. More information and interactive maps are available at www.urbanlivingindex.com

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare


Last 150 Articles


Tags

princess charlotte participants program year 12 Melbourne local communities DIY names economic data visualisation intern Deaths digital society earn Australian Home 10 years waverton REIV Conference weather megatrends focus group work-life domestic teachers career house proactive media release ACF 2016 coffee winter blues ease of travel friends apartment eliane Real Estate Institute of Victoria young people national private wealth Sydney mentor suburb Queensland: QLD responsive experience Crime Rates Adelaide mccrindle research census rain trends analyst sector wide study TAS forum celebration "know the times" faux-ciliser hobart staff couple demographer trends young australians Research Executive baby boom tea leadership workshop education research wealth and income urban taskforce deloitte business index Bathburst Scouts litter Australian Bureau of Statistics monarchy population milestone event innovative ultimo Channel Seven Love Australian Trends professional research NEETs list growing population study sports wealth and income distribution home owner brand fears financial dreams analysis sun divorce rate Word Up brisbane innovation weekly earnings budget mover and shaker cancelling plans fresh sydney event social commentator housing trends NSW future-proof ideas marriage collaborative trend Tasmania future of work Kirsten Brewer 2014 Myth Netflix daily telegraph stay home forecasting Christmas season royal influence Duchess of Cambridge workforce 40 million women focus groups households state hornsby skills know the times Kiwi rise of local social change property market shifts REIV National Conference seasons learn qualitative research housing affordability cash Charlotte dreaming ACT World Water Day FOMO language bondi brands sector wide city ashley fell cancel plans presentation youth unemployment household NT school satisfaction ABS South Australia cooking online shopping social lives transport events annual income Social Trend work victoria schools students jobs of the future easy rider builders group session schools world national crime rates demographics culture church grandparents Caregiver easter tips February 16 financial mother's day emerging generations future of education Aussies emerging technologies toys post rationalism gender social research marriages Financial Planning Association of Australia entrepreneurs of today 24,000,000 salary shopper's pick January 26th school students baby name predictions growth gen z townhouses vegemite earnings selfie ashley mckenzie education cars australian social research summer lifestyle parents conference speaker urban living volunteers newspaper australian communities trends report google school acf15 goal economy repayments holidays marketing insights shbc sustainable trends of 2016 poor survey life tv alpha resource product Northern Beaches Christian School gen alpha future proof student communications geomapping 1968 researcher Royals tertiary education Christmas lunch rising house prices high density living jobs royal baby year 7 2020 perth logan suburbs New South Wales water royal Valentine’s Day Australians baby authenticity wedding divorce click cold VIC charity Christmas presents social enquiry blaxland networking pyrmont millennials men cloudy days organisational culture research services financial future JOMO hello fresh world youth day customer Australian communities dream ACF crows nest visualisation income holiday Gen Y panel safe capital city middle class baby names politics clothing workplace culture PSI education future affordability mccrindle in the media youth states gold coast investment mateship food curiosity high density careers mccrindle tea staying in WA woolworths Western Australia darwin public holiday 1980 friendship mythbusting mortgage twentyseventeen training criminal population growth leadership winter Australian Dream 24 million australia futurist spend crime area education future report snapshot Mark McCrindle wellbeing New Zealand graphs Wagga Wagga global tattoos high density apartments media commentary optimistic results insight award aussie culture thrive ethnography data analyst eliane miles wolloomooloo cost increasing densification baby name home Generation X urban HSC workshop relevant debt publication McCrindle Speakers marrickville social life personalities finance trend tuesday identity Australian Census australian communities forum professional development conference students baby boomers going out residents national wealth poker master Financial Planning Association optus my business awards Financial Planning Week living 1975 learning styles Sydney keynote speaker average aussie in the media optus mccrindle 2015 parenting buildings Wodonga social media stats narcissism teach infographic manly environment sydneysiders hills shire GPO sunburnt country community event Channel 7 brand experience research pack vegetarian FPA cultural diversity children Northern Beaches tuesday trends of 2017 market research financial independence Geoff Brailey dessert low density report Education Future Forum real equip huffington post global generations recap social English moderators guide Canberra plans Gen X case study learner generation 2016 leader facts urban living index menai relational future christianity Northern beaches Event employers public speaking owning a home global financial crisis rental stress cancelling event omnibus Do It Yourself research visualisation statistics social shifts government business news etiquette affordable daily commute education sector overcast retirement employment visual emerging trends personal growth housing growth housing market video sunny days Territory challenge tableau entrepreneur anzac educhat mining boom social researchers baby name trends balance The Daily Edition Generation Y high school rich internships keynote goals Births socialites resilience sentiments socialising Australian Communities Trends conference presentation social trends Tuesday Trends investor happiness typical australian local priorities unaffordable teacher commute greatness Tuesday Trend 2013 home ownership father's day Population Clock social analysis house price Australian demographics house prices 1994 survey design energy not for profit rule keeper data Assistant Store Manager offenders teleworking CBD social commentary the changing face of Australian schools wages non profit family learning property price motivate australians staying home more mobile technology potts point demographic land of the middle class follow kate middleton Wellington consumerism generations demographic transformations mythbusters paying to work New Zeland communication families entrepreneurial 2012 generation Z not-for-profit millionth online Aussie royal family Engineering Manager Christchurch dare to dream demographic trends faux-cilising neutral bay university degree christmas ageing population renting shopping quote generational trends moreton bay population meals religion media activity research data work mates internet change engage define new york times renter of the future consumer debate long weekend cartodb university keynote speaker suburban living property internship sydney speaker Australia Day 2017 google for education collaboration generation alpha wealth millenials small business faux-cilise entertainment Queensland Australian Families population map lalor park Res Vis 2017 teaching educated TDE thought leadership Merry Christmas communicate presentations group wealth distribution unemployment organisations child care interactive Australia Day future proofing community engagement IT Specialists society trends Hornsby Shire Council hopes housing cost of living slideshare capital cities SA sydneycity Real Estate outsourcing Northern Territory ipswich rent in depth interviews EFF prince george village The ABC of XYZ social researcher 23 million media workplace System's Architect community

Archive