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.
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 percent 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.
There was a significant jump in regional movers to Port Augusta of 74 percent, and Millennials accounted for the highest proportion of those movers, making up 76 percent of the total tally.
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) CEO 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.
Commonwealth Bank Regional and Agribusiness Banking Executive General Manager Paul Fowler says regional areas are providing attractive local employment opportunities, fuelled by strong investment across agriculture, manufacturing, retail and hospitality.
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