New South Wales, Victorians migrate to other states while Queensland sees influx

New data suggests that one Australian state has lost thousands of residents in recent months who appear to prefer warmer weather elsewhere in Australia.

New South Wales residents are leaving their home state to live elsewhere, according to new population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The nation’s most populous state has left the largest number of people; NSW’s net interstate migration resulted in a population decrease of 37,914 in the year ended September 30, 2022.

Victoria has also witnessed a mass exodus of residents, with 15,569 fewer people within its state borders over the same period.

Queensland appears to have taken over most of the population left over from other states, with 46,623 people migrating to the sunny state.

There was also an influx of people from the east who moved to Western Australia, with 11,658 coming from the Interstate.

According to ABS head of demography Beidar Cho, Australia’s population grew by 1.6 percent, similar to its growth in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our population as of September 30, 2022 was 26.1 million after we recorded an increase of 418,500 for the year,” said Ms Cho Said.

“The number of incoming migrants has returned to the same level as before the pandemic, but the number of departures remains lower – mainly because there are fewer recently arrived temporary migrants, such as international students, who have to leave.”

Natural population growth amounted to 114.8 thousand people, while 302.9 thousand births and 188 thousand deaths were registered.

According to the ABS, the number of deaths in Australia increased by 10.8 percent, mainly due to Covid-19.

536,900 people arrived overseas and 233,200 people left, increasing the Australian population by 303,700 due to overseas migration.

Originally published as Thousands of New South Wales migrate to other states