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Adelaide sees biggest migration surge in three decades

South Australia Australia’s safest state in the safest country sparking a massive surge in the number of interstate residents choosing to live in SA.

Australians are ditching the busy cities and crowded streets of Sydney and Melbourne for a more relaxed life in South Australia. With a growing reputation for being the perfect place to live, work and raise a family – interstate Aussies are finally realising why we all love our state so much.

South Australia has a rising global reputation as the safest state in the safest country. Coupled with relative affordability and massive breadth of opportunity, it’s no wonder we all want to be here. People are moving to SA in droves from the eastern states which have long been the epicenter of Australia’s population growth.

In fact, latest ABS data shows net interstate migration has been positive for the third consecutive quarter (net gain of 130 people for December quarter) to be at its highest level in almost 30 years. And last year marked the first time since 1992 that we’ve had a full 12-months of positive net interstate migration (98 people).

It comes as Adelaide was applauded by economists as the ‘strongest performer since the onset of the pandemic’ of the major capital cities for house price growth, and latest local auction clearance rates have hit a significant 86.1 per cent. As Adelaide is back open for business while other states are still under restrictions, our swift bounce back from rising unemployment and business closures have created employment opportunities and a attractive lifestyle that have been a notable factor in encouraging interstate migration.

Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall welcomed the data as further evidence of our strong ongoing economic and jobs recovery, with South Australia earning a global reputation for its safe lifestyle, relative affordability and breadth of opportunity.

“Finally, the rest of the country is realising what we’ve always known – there’s no better place to live, work and raise a family than here in South Australia,” Premier Marshall said.

“While the former Labor government presided over a dreadful brain drain interstate, we are turning the tide and transforming the state through our safe and strong handling of the COVID pandemic.

“Business confidence is also high, we are smashing new home building approvals, single touch payroll figures show employment is strong, and net interstate migration is the best it’s been in almost thirty years.

“My goal is to cement South Australia as the best place in the world to get a good job, buy a house and raise a family.

“But we know there’s always more work to be done and my number one priority in 2021 is to get as many South Australians into employment.”

In other good news for the South Australia, data also released yesterday by the ABS shows South Australia’s overseas goods exports are growing faster than any other state. This was up 9.5% compared with the year to March 2020 – despite the national figure declining by 5.1%.

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