More people left Sydney last year

People are leaving Australian capital city, with tens of thousands heading for greener pastures, new figures reveal.

Sydney residents fled the city in greater numbers than any other Australian capital last year, latest figures reveal.

A net 31,600 Sydney residents left the Harbour City for other parts of the country in 2020, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics internal migration statistics.

Melbourne has also lost a net 26,100 people – the capital’s biggest annual net loss on record during a year which included months of COVID lockdown.

In general, Victoria lost 12,700 people last year in what was the southern state’s first net interstate loss for a calendar year since 2008.

The only cities to record net gains over 2020 were Brisbane, which gained 13,000 people, Perth, which added 3500, and Canberra, with 300.

South Australia reported a boost in interstate migrants for the first time in almost 30 years, with a net gain of 100 people.

Meanwhile, 1400 opted for a move out west to Western Australia, the mining state’s first annual net gain since 2013.

Queensland had its highest net gain since 2004 and 30,000 people deciding to call the Sunshine State home.

Australia’s regional areas saw the largest net inflows of capital city residents since records began 20 years ago.

In recent decades, more people migrated from Australia’s capital cities to the regions than from the regions to the capitals and this resulted in a net internal migration gain for regional areas, ABS demography director Phil Browning said.

During the pandemic, many people still opted to make a move to other parts of the country, he said.

Last year, a net 43,000 Australians left capital cities to try regional life, up from 18,900 in 2019.

It was the largest net inflow to the regions since records inception in 20 years ago.

Regional Queensland had the biggest net inflow of all the states last year, accounting for 17,000 people.

The regional areas of Victoria and NSW recorded the next largest net gains, with 13,400 and 12,700 newcomers, respectively.

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