Hey baby, Ipswich is really booming

David Nielsen

IPSWICH is the city of choice for baby boomers, with the city home to one of the largest populations of the demographic in south-east Queensland.

The baby boomer generation is characterised by those born after the end of the Second World War through until 1964.

In its latest population growth figures, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that since Springfield Lakes was created, 10,600 residents have moved in.

Ipswich had the largest growth, with more than 70,000 newcomers moving to the city in the past decade.

Two of Ipswich's baby boomers are Sue and Len Wykes, of North Ipswich. Mrs Wykes believes Ipswich's welcoming nature is one of the driving factors behind its popularity with her generation.

The born-and-bred Peak Crossing girl said there were many things to love about Ipswich.

"I think there is a sense of community and communities within communities in Ipswich," she said.

"We will usually find there is something here for everyone. There is a sense of belonging and, from my point of view being one of the older residents, they always know somebody that knows someone."

"We will usually find there is something here for everyone. There is a sense of belonging and, from my point of view being one of the older residents, they always know somebody that knows someone."

ABS Demography director Bjorn Jarvis said the first batch of baby boomers continued to turn 65, which was a significant milestone and raised questions about what the future held for this group.

"We're seeing Western Australia on the verge of breaking Queensland's record for highest interstate migration, with the state claiming the majority of the migration from Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory," he said.

As a group, baby boomers have been described as the wealthiest, most active and most physically fit.

Baby Boomer

  • A baby boomer is a person who was born between the years 1946 and 1964;
  • Ipswich has the largest population growth in south-east Queensland;
  • 10,600 residents now call Springfield Lakes home;
  • 70,000 newcomers have moved to Ipswich in the past 10 years;
  • Worldwide, every seven seconds another baby boomer turns 50.


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