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Young People Helping Regional Population Growth

Young people are the driving force behind regional population growth according to a new study, with more Millennials and Gen-Xers moving out of capital cities.

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The insights from the March quarter Regional Movers Index report showed young people accounted for the largest proportion of movers to the highest growth regional areas.

The number of people moving to regional areas rose by 16.6 per cent to reach a new five-year high in the March quarter, almost doubling pre-pandemic levels.

In SA, Port Augusta, Ceduna and Mount Gambier were featured as the top three local government areas with the biggest growth rates over the last 12 months.

Millennials accounted for the highest proportion of regional movers, making up 66 per cent of movers to Ceduna.

CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, Liz Ritchie, says Millennials and Gen-Xers were welcome additions to any regional community as they often bring with them business skills, as well as families who integrate into the local school system and community sporting activities.

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