Top three articles of 2017

2017 was a big year for publications at SGS. Our longstanding publication, Urbecon, continued and we also delved into the 2016 ABS Census data in our Census Series. The biannual publication of the Rental Affordability Index and annual publication of Economic Performance of Australia’s cities and regions continued to provide insight into important topics.

In this article we look back at our top publications of 2017. While we’re not obsessed by clicks, it’s interesting to see what has resonated. Here’s the top three based on visits to our website.

Comparing population growth by area – the real story

In this article we took a different approach to the spatial distribution of population growth across Melbourne. By combining suburbs to make areas of 60km2 (the equivalent of South Morang - which was reported to have the greatest amount of population growth) we were able to reveal a more comprehensive population growth story. The locations in Melbourne which experienced the highest growth are in the inner suburbs (typically driven by apartment developments), the west of Melbourne, and the northern and south eastern growth areas (typically driven by detached housing). Each location presents a different growth challenge, with respect to access to jobs, infrastructure and services.

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The changing face of apartment living

The first of our 2016 Census Series, this article looked at the way Australian families have adapted to changes in the urban economy towards a more compact, cosmopolitan way of life. As the Australian economy continued to shift towards a knowledge-based services economy which was concentrated in the centre of our big cities, a resurgence in compact living was occurring as people traded large houses for better access to transport, jobs, services and amenities.

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Employment insights from the Census

This was another article from our 2016 Census Series. Here, we looked at the key changes in employment since the 2011 Census. Our analysis of Place of Work data showed that over 900,000 new jobs were created in the major metropolitan regions of Greater Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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