Millennials moving to regional areas, report finds, as housing affordability and lack of commute prove attractive

By national regional and rural correspondent Dominique Schwartz and the Specialist Reporting Team's Mary Lloyd

From ABC

A new report assessing population trends in Australia is challenging the perception that young people in the country are itching to leave for the big smoke.

The report, "Big Movers: Population Mobility in Australia", released today looks at population movements and data between the last two national censuses in 2011 and 2016.

It found more regionally-based millennials — people aged between 20 and 35 years old — stayed in the country and moved to other regional areas in Australia, rather than shift to capital cities, during the 2011-2016 period.

The data also shows Sydney — Australia's biggest city — actually lost more millennials to the regions than it gained during that time period.

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