‘What suburb should I live in?’
It’s the question we ask as we move from the wild-and-free young adult years to settling down with a family to entering our laidback golden years.
But what are the factors most of us consider when choosing a suburb to live in? Upside set out to find out the answer. Our survey, What Australians Want in a Suburb, May, 2018, reveals safety, facilities, transportation, and peace and quiet as top priorities.
Safety first, followed by peace and quiet
Topping the list of considerations when choosing a suburb to live in was safety. A huge 92.54% of survey respondents say that crime rates and general safety were important factors in finding a place to live. Following closely behind at 91.04% was peace and quiet.
Surprisingly, a good mobile and internet connectivity came in third, with 88.06% of respondents saying technology was important – even more so than factors like connections to public transport or being able to get around easily by car. Likewise, more respondents said family-friendliness was more important than transportation options.
Medical services and schools both key considerations
In line with the theme of family friendliness, 78% of people we surveyed felt that nearby hospitals and medical centres were important in choosing a suburb to live in, while 54% of people looked at proximity to schools. Both schools and hospitals were deemed significantly more important than other local area services such as community centres, government service centres, universities, and day care centres.
People love shopping, eating, and the outdoors
When asked about entertainment and cultural facilities, 78% of people surveyed said that being near shops or a shopping centre was extremely important when on the hunt for the ideal liveable suburb. Following close behind were parks, restaurants, and cafes – not surprising given our love of the outdoors and eating out.
Suburb profiles and plans are important
The majority of people we spoke to said they wanted to know things like how a neighbourhood has changed over time, median property prices, and a vendor’s reason for selling when considering buying a property. One of the ways Upside can help in this area is with a free online report for a property, which you can request in under 30 seconds to get a good idea of what a home in the area may be worth.
But above and beyond all these considerations were major projects such as infrastructure or commercial developments happening in the area. Major developments can drive property prices up or down significantly depending on the nature of the project – so it makes sense that savvy buyers would put this at the top of the list when choosing a suburb to live in.
Got a specific suburb in mind? Take a look at our suburb profiles for more information about the suburb you’re thinking about moving to.