Baby boomers in Queensland: where are they and where are they moving?

Liu, Yan and Soar, Jeffrey (2005) Baby boomers in Queensland: where are they and where are they moving? In: 2005 Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial Conference: Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis (SSC2005), 12-16 Sep 2005, Melbourne, Australia.


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By 2011 the first of the generation known as baby boomers in Australia will reach 65 although previous patterns of retirement indicate that almost half may be retired from full-time employment by the age of 60 which they will reach in 2006. There will be great interest in the lifestyle, migrations, demands and needs of baby boomers. There will be demands, or a willingness to accept, products and services for themselves as their lifestyles change as well as products and services they will require for their more elderly parents, or for themselves as carers or advocates for their elderly parents. Plotting the geographical distribution and migration of baby boomers will be of value to a wide range of interested parties including state, federal and local government, property developers, residential and community care providers, and the developers and providers of new and emerging products and services that these social and demographic changes my provide a market for.

Using geographical information system (GIS) technology, the spatial location of baby boomers in Queensland and their migration over time were mapped and analysed based on the census data of 1991 and 2001. Results show that in 2001, baby boomers were well represented in the southeast region of Queensland, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan, and Redland Local Government Areas (LGAs); boomers were also well-represented along the eastern coast of Cairns, Mackay, Townsville and Thuringowa LGAs. The comparative research of the two census data also shows areas of baby boomer gain and loss, which clearly demonstrates the spatial migration of baby boomers over the decade.

The paper also suggest that GIS offers powerful tools for mapping and spatial based demographic analysis. Further research will focus on associating the geographical distribution and migration of baby boomers with the provision of aged care services in Queensland.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: baby boomers, mapping, migration, geographic information system (GIS)
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies

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