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Wellington City

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in Wellington City is 15-19 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2023 to 2028.

Migration is one of the most important components of population change. Once you have established the amount of development activity in an area, the next step is to make assumptions about who will move into the area as well as who is leaving the area.

Net migration by age is an excellent way of understanding housing markets. The most mobile age groups in the population are young adults. They tend to move to attend educational institutions, seek work and express a change in lifestyle. Market research has shown that empty nesters are more likely to move to smaller accommodation when appropriate and affordable alternative housing is supplied in the local area that is accessible to established social networks.

Select each small area to see how migration patterns differ for each area across Wellington City depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Major migration assumptions:

  • Relatively stable migration profile expected throughout the forecast period
  • Substantial gain in yonger age groups (18-24 years) attracted to Wellington for education and employment opportunities
  • Some loss of adults in late twenties and thirties (some family forming with children) who may be leaving Wellington City in search of housing opportunities elsewhere
  • Some loss of mature adults, older adults and retirees aged 40-69 years
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