Last week, Conrad said:
Australians seem to move about very little in general (excluding retirement), and many people want to live close to their families for one reason or another.
I was a little surprised to read this, as the more common view is that Australians are becoming more mobile. Yet neither view seems to be correct.
In the figure below from the OECD (the Australian data was from HILDA), Australian residental mobility was the second highest of the countries examined over a 2 year period.
ABS census data shows that those most likely to move are, as I would expect, those aged 20-34 – the years in which people are first moving out out of home, improving their housing as earnings increase, and (flowing from the second reason) adjusting their housing to suit new family circumstances of their own. Retirees are generally the least likely to move, though it looks like there is an increase as very elderly people move to retirement homes or other places where they can get more care.