Lockdown exodus

Lockdown exodus: How Australians are fleeing capital cities to move to the country

PHOTO: Melbourne (pictured) had a net loss of 8,000 people in June compared to the same quarter in 2019

More than 10,500 Australians have moved from capital cities to regional and country areas during the coronavirus recession.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday showed Melbourne had a net loss of 8,000 people in the three months to the end of June compared to the same quarter in 2019, while the population of Sydney fell by 6,000 in the same period.

The report said the shift from cities to regional areas during Covid lockdowns was the largest on record.

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It found that people were relocating within their own states, with border closures contributing to a fall of 85,000 in the number of people moving interstate during that period.

Of those that did cross borders, 4,000 people left New South Wales and 3,000 departed Victoria.

Sydney's population plunged by 6,000, with 4,000 people draining from New South Wales (Sydney pictured)

Sydney’s population plunged by 6,000, with 4,000 people draining from New South Wales (Sydney pictured)

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