Changing Face of Sydney Transport

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From high above, aerial images show Sydney un-earthed. These before and after images detail the changing face of Sydney’s suburbs. Major progress is being made on key Sydney infrastructure projects as the city prepares for ongoing population growth.

 Before After 

Sydney’s growing population

Sydney reached 5 million at the end of June 2016. While it took almost 30 years (1971 – 2000) for Sydney's population to increase from 3 million to 4 million people, it took only another 16 years to reach its next million. 

Growing by 83,000 people every 12 months (at 1.7%, above the national average of 1.4%), the city needs infrastructure to keep pace with this population growth.

NSW projections show that NSW will grow to 9.9 million people by 2036. Sydney is two-thirds of this number, so will reach 6.5 million in the next 20 years, and 8 million by 2050.

How we commute to work in Sydney

Almost 2 in 3 Australian commuters get to work by private car (65.5%, up from 65.3% 5 years ago) with just 1 in 10 relying on public transport. The 2011 Census showed that 58% of Sydneysiders commute to work by car, 9% by train, 5% by bus, and a further 4% walked. 

Social researcher Eliane Miles notes, "Sydney-siders are spending a significant amount of time moving each day. While the average work trip for a Sydneysider is around 35 minutes, for many Sydneysiders the journey to work takes much longer. Commuters in Sydney's outer suburbs are often spending five times this length (up to 2.5 hours) per trip each way. Sydney is investing more in infrastructure than other world cities of comparable population size, and it is critical that investment in both roads and public transport options continues." 

You can watch the full story on Nine News here

About Eliane Miles

Eliane Miles is a social researcher, trends analyst and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a data analyst she understands the power of big data to inform strategic direction. Managing research across multiple sectors and locations, she is well positioned to understand the megatrends transforming the workplace, household and consumer landscapes. Her expertise is in telling the story embedded in the data and communicating the insights in visual and practical ways.

From the key demographic transformations such as population growth to social trends such as changing household structures, to generational change and the impact of technology, Eliane delivers research based presentations dealing with the big global and national trends.

To have Eliane speak at your next event, feel free to contact Kimberley Linco on 02 8824 3422 or

Download Eliane’s professional speakers pack here

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

McCrindle in the Media

Friday, December 18, 2015

As Australia’s leading social researchers, the senior research team at McCrindle are actively involved in media commentary. From demographic analysis and future forecasts, to communication of key research findings and the identification of social trends, at McCrindle we are passionate about communicating insights in clear, accessible and useable ways.

Here are some of the most recent media pieces our research and team have been cited in:

Generation Alpha is coming

Futurist, demographer, and TEDx speaker Mark McCrindle is leading the campaign to call anyone born after 2010 a part of Generation Alpha. According to him, 2.5 million Alphas are born around the globe every week.
Alpha kids will grow up with iPads in hand, never live without a smartphone, and have the ability to transfer a thought online in seconds. These massive technological changes, among others, make Generation Alpha the most transformative generation ever, according to McCrindle.
“In the past, the individual had no power, really,” McCrindle told Business Insider. “Now, the individual has great control of their lives through being able to leverage this world. Technology, in a sense, transformed the expectations of our interactions.”


Educating Generation Z: Let Them Color Outside the Lines

I am a Generation X mother attempting to raise a Generation Z daughter. I recently read a statistic by social researcher Mark McCrindle which set off an internal monologue that ended in a migraine: my daughter's generation will have "17 employers across 5 separate careers, working in jobs that don't even currently exist."

Sydney's most liveable suburbs: the Urban Living Index

The new index, which ranks the liveability of 228 suburban areas in Sydney, was produced by social research firm McCrindle for the Urban Taskforce Australia, an industry group representing property developers. Rating the liveability of suburbs will always be contentious. An attribute one person loves about a neighbourhood might be repugnant to another. No measure will ever be perfect and the findings of the Urban Taskforce's index are bound to spark debate.
The data on 20 separate indicators was used to assess the affordability, community, employability, amenity and accessibility of a suburb to determine how liveable it is.

Top five baby name trends for 2016

It's become something of a tradition for me to pick the knowledgeable brain of demographer and social researcher Mark McCrindle at the end of each year regarding baby-name trends for the following one. Here’s what he has to say about 2016.
“A name is popular for about a decade, and then it starts to fade,” says McCrindle. “A classic example is Jack. It dominated most years in the first decade or so of the 21st century, but now it’s starting to fall down the list. It became a victim of its own success. Lachlan is another name that was often first or second on the list, but is now starting to fade.

Researcher Mark McCrindle delivered the results to business leaders yesterday, revealing a PSI index score of -12. Nearly 200 Hills businesses, covering 15 sectors, responded to 21 questions rating their opinions on business conditions (current economic conditions, regulatory settings and infrastructure), performance (earnings, expenses, employment) and sentiment (cost, growth and economy in six months).


THE best stocking stuffers this Christmas are tech gifts — or wrap yourself up as a present. That’s the finding of McCrindle Research who surveyed 1012 Australians to discover their sentiment and spending intentions for this festive season. They found that this year Aussies plan on saving money, staying at home with family and friends and are hoping for technological gifts under the tree. Best-case scenario the gift gets used, at least until boredom sets in or the latest gadget hits the market. Worst-case scenario it gets binned, stuffed way way back in a cupboard — or sold.

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


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