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Whanganui District

Migration by location

Between 2008 and 2013, the LGA with the highest net migration to the Whanganui District (+111) was from Rangitikei District, whilst the highest net loss (-264) was to Wellington City.

Migration, (or residential mobility), together with births and deaths are significant components of population change in New Zealand. The movement of people into, and out of an area directly influences the characteristics of the population, and the community's aspirations. Demand for services and facilities in an area will also be influenced by the characteristics of people moving in and out, and their family status (eg. with young children).

The main types of migration in New Zealand are migration to and from overseas, and migration within New Zealand. The most common form of migration is within New Zealand, and this largely involves moves between neighbouring and existing urban areas where moves are often short.

Understanding where current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where your residents are moving to indicates areas of population growth and possible strategies councils can use to retain and attract residents.

Generally, areas of new housing growth attract residents from established areas, especially young couples and families, coastal communities attract retirees and people seeking a lifestyle change, while inner city areas, and areas near universities attract young adults. These are broad general trends, while local demographic patterns also have a major impact on population movement.

The data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years prior to the last Census.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (on 5 March 2008)'.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net gain to the area
Whanganui District - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Rangitikei District399-288111
Ruapehu District183-75108
Lower Hutt City147-10245
South Taranaki District264-23133
Thames-Coromandel District45-1530
Rotorua District81-5427
Western Bay of Plenty District48-3018
Wairoa District21-318
Auckland City519-50118
Gisborne District45-3015

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net loss to the area
Whanganui District - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Wellington City204-468-264
Christchurch City114-249-135
Palmerston North City387-483-96
Dunedin City54-120-66
Tauranga City63-120-57
Hamilton City129-168-39
Nelson City15-48-33
New Plymouth District174-201-27
Hastings District114-132-18
Tasman District15-33-18

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

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