Sydney's most liveable suburbs: The urban living index

Thursday, November 19, 2015

With Sydney’s population set to reach 5 million next year, there are significant densification trends underway. Sydneysiders are increasingly embracing medium and high density housing, 7 in 10 either have lived in a unit/apartment or are currently living in one. Of Sydneysiders who have never lived in a high density setting, 50% would consider unit/apartment living and this rises to 63% for Generation Y.

“Over the last decade there has been a big swing in Sydney to more urban living generally in apartments. To gain a clearer understanding of urban living patterns and satisfaction Urban Taskforce Australia commissioned McCrindle, experts in researching demographic data to develop the Urban Living Index.”, said Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson.

Mark McCrindle, Principal of McCrindle Research says, “The challenge for Sydney’s future is to ensure that it responds to population growth yet maintains its world-beating lifestyle and that its liveability rises to match its increasing density, and that is why we have developed the Urban Living Index.”

CHECK OUT THE URBAN LIVING INDEX WEBSITE HERE, TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT

Measuring the liveability of areas across Sydney

The Urban Living Index is an ongoing measure of the liveability of suburbs in Sydney. This instrument considers the affordability, community, employability, amenity and accessibility of an area to determine how liveable it is.

The Planning Regions of Sydney

The NSW Planning Regions were developed by the NSW government to allow for cohesive and integrated planning under A Plan for Growing Sydney. Exploring the Index across the six regions assists in understanding how they are equipped to respond to a high density population and where there are opportunities for improvement in the quality of urban living.

Sydney’s most liveable suburbs

This analysis of Sydney’s 228 suburbs shows that Surry Hills and Crows Nest - Waverton are Sydney’s leaders with the top rated Index of 85. In the Central planning region after Surry Hills was Marrickville with 83, in the North it was North Sydney – Lavender Bay with 82, West Central was Parramatta – Rosehill 80 followed by North Parramatta 75, South was Hurstville 76 followed by South Hurstville – Blakehurst 74, South West was Liverpool – Warwick Farm 66 followed by Cabramatta – Lansvale and West was Springwood – Winmalee 59 followed by Blaxland – Warrimoo – Lapstone 59. The results show a strong correlation between high density housing and urban liveability with seven of the top ten rated suburbs in the top twenty highest density suburbs in Sydney.

Sentiment toward housing affordability

One of the key drivers of the growth in high density housing is Sydney’s housing affordability challenge. When Sydneysiders were asked if they had to start over and buy into the current property market, more than 3 in 5 (61%) of Sydneysiders would probably or definitely be unable to do so. Sydneysiders are also not convinced that the affordability challenge will change with 51% saying that in three years’ time their area will be less affordable than it is today, and only 11% saying it will be more affordable. This is even higher in the West planning region where 56% say it will be less affordable. It is also higher amongst Generation Y (56%) than Baby Boomers (47%). More than half of all Sydneysiders (59%) say that Sydney’s housing affordability is a massive challenge for their children’s generation with an additional 29% saying it is a significant challenge.

More than half of all Sydneysiders (57%) state that the construction of units and apartments assists affordability. More than a third of Sydneysiders support the idea of allowing first home buyers to access their superannuation to buy a home (37%) and increasing unit/apartment construction (36%) while only 1 in 5 (22%) supports the tightening of bank lending rules as a solution to affordability.

The most valuable assets of Sydneysiders

When it comes to housing, Sydneysiders prioritise the intangibles (location and community) above the tangibles (buildings and fittings) by a factor of 2 to 1. They also prioritise current liveability above long term price growth, also by a factor of 2 to 1 and value walkable communities above more mobile lifestyles by a factor of 6 to 1. Sydneysiders generally like their local community assets such as shops and cafes with more than half (52%) saying they totally love or really like them compared to just 6% who are indifferent to this amenity. Twice as many (32%) believe that amenities in their local community will increase over the next 3 years compared to those who think there will be a decrease (16%). Sydneysiders are also positive about the growing infrastructure, transport and accessibility of their local area, with 37% expecting it to increase over the next three years compared to 14% expecting a decrease.

The Urban Living Index report, interactive maps and further details on Sydney’s six planning regions are all available at www.urbanlivingindex.com. The Urban Living Index results and rankings will be launched at a breakfast event at Clayton Utz, Level 5 1 Bligh Street, Sydney on the 10th December 2015, 7:30am for 8am start. Speakers will be Chris Johnson and Mark McCrindle.


Australia and the First Australians

Monday, September 28, 2015

Currently there are more than 720,000 indigenous Australians – around 3% of the total population. The indigenous population is increasing at 2.3% per annum- significantly faster than national population growth of around 1.4%. By 2026 the number of indigenous Australians will be almost 940,000 and in 2030 the number will exceed 1,000,000.

The proportion of the population that is indigenous varies significantly from less than 1% in some areas of the larger cities, to more than 70% in the Northern Territory- in Arnhem Land.

The largest proportion of Australia’s indigenous population lives in NSW (31%) followed by Queensland (28%) and then Western Australia (13%). While the Northern Territory has a higher proportion of indigenous people than any other state or territory, it is home to just 10% of the total indigenous population.

Based on the faster growth trends of the Queensland indigenous population (2.5%) compared to that of NSW (2.1%), by 2037, the state with the largest indigenous population will be Queensland (356,000). While all states and territories are experiencing natural increase of indigenous Australians through births, NSW is experiencing an annual net loss of more than 500 indigenous persons per year to other states while Queensland is experiencing an interstate net gain of around 300. Additionally the remote and very remote areas of Australia are losing almost 900 indigenous Australians each year as they move to the larger regional areas (600 person gain) and major cities (300 person gain).

For an in-depth visual look at Australia’s indigenous population simply click on this interactive map, zoom in to look at specific regions across Australia, or hover over an area to read the data.

About McCrindle Research Services

Utilising the right tools and methods and analysing the data is just half of the research process. Because the goal is implementation, the findings need the skills of visualisation and communication. As researchers we understand the methods, but we’re also designers and communicators so we know how to present the findings in ways that will best engage.

Geomapping is a new tool we have and we will be releasing more information and blog pieces on this exciting new output.

Let us know via social media if you have any topics you would like to be geomapped!

Connect with us on:

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare


Last 150 Articles


Tags

sports thrive the average aussie work from home average aussie school satisfaction mccrinlde Queensland national crime rates bondi newspaper community event Australians mateship rental stress online shopping VET responsive communicate offenders social research Do It Yourself shopper's pick young people ACF 2016 census work mates follow ashley fell learn earn urban living index property price forecast ageing debt repayments micro shbc media activity local research services cars domestic Australian Communities Trends village quote screenagers Res Vis innovative volunteer presentations children authenticity princess charlotte 1975 care support Cobbitty-Leppington sydney event volunteering 1994 wedding SA slideshare Australian community trends education future report woolworths investor property market Skilling NEETs moderators guide faux-cilising rain divorce urban taskforce lifestyle pyrmont sustainable ageing population youth SRE crime office in the media WA Kirsten Brewer Christmas presents recap brands aussie culture Hills Shire Council future of work politics snapshot deloitte housing market employment blaxland fresh households family capital cities small business crows nest Sydney’s south west workplace financial independence trades research data showreel skills Hunter Valley challenge buildings gold coast curiosity brand experience social change christmas dessert teach hello fresh mentor investment christianity SMSF non profit house price socialites product area royal influence gen alpha group generations baby boomers digital going out Territory ethnography Performance Sentiment Index commuters leader public speaker mining boom wealth distribution etiquette megatrends workplace culture life spend wellbeing Research Executive speakers pack tea easter Education Future Forum VET sector typical australian earnings population growth participants tuesday demographic home ownership data parents 24,000,000 business land of the middle class wolloomooloo February 16 Canberra analysis names research pack not for profit research annual income collaboration living brisbane Business analysis Duchess of Cambridge emerging trends panel house prices digital economy REIV National Conference new office trends analyst debate mccrindle lalor park national private wealth parenting belief VIC criminal conference presentation apartments greatness baby names monarchy nfp affordability suburb mobile award market research Netflix mccrindle tea low density rising house prices Black Friday in Australia proactive menai 2017 personal growth child care perth balance weather student commute twentyseventeen Australian Dream Engineering Manager weekly earnings future of shopping shopping centre media release baby names report community engagement forum marketing the hills shire sydneysiders video house price rise customer dream women housing trends focus group report forecasting future proofing World Water Day housing growth System's Architect keynote speaker vegetarian Western Australia shopping home Wodonga geomapping Elderslie-Harrington park 2016 census results social impact relevant research ACF2017 urban australian purpose social commentary growing population keynote generational trends the changing face of baby name mccrindle in the media the great screenage royal baby workforce survey Northern Beaches Christian School Valentine’s Day celebration mortgage donate Generation Y jobs coffee lovers business performance national wealth trend insights generation Z winter social shifts Royals Australia street EFF world australian social research Lower Hunter who is generation z wealth inequality tertiary education families New South Wales outsourcing tv Charlotte divorce rate sydney hills social analyst interactive australians staying home more FPA innovation employmee micro apartments financial future Aussies volunteering data Assistant Store Manager in depth interviews 2015 daily telegraph publication australian community trends report high density apartments social program thought leadership darwin salary workshop facts business index local community norwest internships cold states post rationalism Myth cash Mount Annan-Currant Hill global retail cost of living optimistic Christmas season entrepreneurial education sector social researchers experience Northern Territory sydneycity economy not-for-profit Population Clock millennials speakers demographics future of education residents school students Christmas lunch communications Christchurch dreams collaborative case study 2014 trends of 2017 gig economy medicine Australia Day Tasmania NSW Work place religion Financial Planning Association of Australia water research on coffee high school contiki teacher affordable government mover and shaker increasing densification relational presentation census 2016 urban living mythbusters internship cultural diversity Australian Trends 24 million know the times Australian Bureau of Statistics Deaths list sun culture 10 years rich visual plans public speaking prince george motivate financial CBD group session 40 million DESTEL tips equip Tuesday Trends ashley mckenzie bus logan technology high density demography eliane ABS jobs of the future goal study generation alpha #censusfail wage Word Up future-proof potts point friendship census data research visualisation schools students NFP event manly Crime Rates public holiday Retail professional speaker communities The ABC of XYZ real baby names australia report focus groups dreaming census results seasons HSC ipswich Northern Beaches year 7 income retirement food insecurity Research Director owning a home charity overcast rise of local Jura Coffee education future rule keeper Australian communities cost sector culturally diverse infographic marriages global generations victoria organisational culture narcissism Social Trend spirituality careers sydneysider The Daily Edition trends career global financial crisis CPI futurist rent qualitative research data analyst financial dreams consumer impact 1968 aged care economic men 2016 census society casual world youth day ACT Report change supply and demand media conference ACT australian communities trends report NT society trends 2016 Black Friday Sales neutral bay schools GPO Vocational education wealth priorities employmer wealth and income Mark McCrindle in the media entertainment January 26th infographic wall poor car professional presenters litter marrickville huffington post tableau data visualisation Black Friday high density living 2013 poker master FOMO work-life Love community social lives the lucky country entrepreneur communication Australia Day 2017 the hills training easy rider younger generations royal family Real Estate learning entrepreneurs of today gender Merry Christmas Australian Population royal paying to work Queensland: QLD Sydney population tattoos Jura Australia DIY Gen Y healthy future PSI insight suburbs statistics australian real estate charities ease of travel emerging generations home owner coffee resilience financial planning sydney metro apartment New Zeland live the dream survey design trend tuesday university degree education faux-ciliser the australian dream food bank REIV Conference social media household Wagga Wagga internet TAS christian Generation X Maxim Accounting unemployment average Australian education research researcher sentiments moreton bay cancelling plans emerging technologies Real Estate Institute of Victoria professional "know the times" Sydney keynote speaker mother's day bureau local communities environmental scanning Willowdale Channel Seven stay home grave decision couple gen z cloudy days future dare to dream storytelling work Tuesday Trend Wellington Aussie cica church office opening online hobart volunteers stats social enquiry grandparents leadership workshop networking long weekend wealth and income distribution holidays 1980 news house Northern beaches Event 2012 property financial fears selfie train speaker Adelaide Hornsby Shire Council TEDx identity students young australians renter of the future NBRS Architecture cultural diveristy growth of sydney not for profit waverton youth unemployment australia mythbusting sunburnt country hills conference speaker renting Bathburst future proof trends of 2016 sector wide study chairty acf15 father's day commuting award winner McCrindle Speakers pharmacy Scouts graphs infographics employers events Gen X sydney speaker marriage millionth resource australian communities forum unaffordable daily commute hopes public transport teaching New Zealand hills shire media commentary TED organisations new york times demographic trends baby name trends speajer story university James Ward faith ideas meals Australian schools event giving earning energy wages anzac results ACF city TDE cooking ferry breakfast Channel 7 Births cancelling event social analysis vegemite choice workers meetings toys engage summer hornsby environment kate middleton sunny days socialising social commentator SMART aged care puzzle language optus average sydneysider click winter blues housing learning styles Kiwi pharmacies Australian Home professional development staff capital city sector wide travel middle class research report cartodb Geoff Brailey personalities school ultimo educated gig Andrew Duffin population milestone millenials teleworking Lower Hunter Region social issues growth ACF17 engagement baby boom happiness cancel plans transport Sydney JOMO IT Specialists leadership townhouses Sydney Hills Business Chamber Australian Families budget US social life generation goals English builders NBRS population social researcher conferences holiday money define changing face of sydney Melbourne learner faux-cilise suburban living brand Financial Planning Association optus my business awards food Australian demographics screenage clothing 2020 shifts global South Australia Mark McCrindle housing affordability safe Financial Planning Week hunger TED talk google donation population map investing educhat demographic transformations social trends professional services google for education Australian Census finance teachers McCridle travelling friends omnibus office space eliane miles Macquarie University intern 23 million visualisation baby staying in alpha year 12 consumerism What is food insecurity? state demographer fears baby name predictions census fail mccrindle research Caregiver

Archive