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Considering regional socio-economic outcomes in non-metropolitan Australia: A typology building approach

By Scott Baum, Michele Haynes, Yolanda van Gellecum and Jung Hoon Han


Australia's large regional cities and towns display wide variation in how they are adjusting to the socio-economic transitions that have occurred over the past decade. One area of research interest has been in developing typologies of non-metropolitan performance. The current paper represents an analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001 Census data aimed at analysing non-metropolitan regions based on their performance across a range of selected socio-economic variables. Using model-based clustering methods, this paper places non-metropolitan regions into clusters depending on the degree to which they share similar socio-economic and demographic outcomes. These clusters form the basis of a typology representing the range of socio-economic and demographic outcomes at the regional level. Differences between the clusters are analysed using graphs of 95% confidence intervals on the individual means for each cluster. The typology provides a useful framework with which to develop a broad understanding of socio-economic processes and performance across different spatial scales. Copyright (c) 2007 the author(s). Journal compilation (c) 2007 RSAI.

DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2007.00117.x
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