Inequality Map Reveals Surprising Lines of Demarcation of Sydney’s “Spatial” Wealth


A new way of mapping inequalities reveals startling divisions between the haves and have-nots in Sydney, with some areas enjoying 10 times greater access to jobs, education and services.

The new analysis rates suburbs on their “spatial wealth” by comparing education options and jobs within a 30-minute drive, as well as health care, social assistance and access to shops within a 30-minute drive. 15 minutes on foot.

Sydney’s most geographically advantaged areas have access to four times as many jobs, nearly eight times the social support and ten times the educational opportunities as the most disadvantaged areas.

The 20% of Sydney’s richest suburbs have about three times as many options to buy as those in less fortunate neighborhoods.

Three inland suburbs – Erskineville, Newtown and Pyrmont – scored top marks for spatial richness while the affluent but relatively isolated areas of Avalon and St Ives were among the lowest-rated suburbs.

Report author Matt Palmen, director of Future State, a strategic advisory division of Urbis, said inequality was one of the most pressing issues facing the company and that its growth under the weight of COVID-19 threatened to reinforce disadvantage and limit social mobility between generations.

“Spatial inequality was a problem before Whitlam pointed it out in 1972 when he said ‘more and more, the real standard of living of a citizen … [is] determined not by his income, not by the hours he works, but by where he lives, ”said Palmen.

“The dial hasn’t moved much since then, so we wanted to make some robust measurements to focus on this issue. The way we measure things matters because we often look to solve problems using a single measure like GDP or a cost-benefit ratio and that doesn’t tell us anything about how this spills over into the economy. company. “

Sydney’s best-placed homes have, on average, around 130 doctors within a 15-minute walk, while in poorer areas there are around 11 general practitioners nearby. This equates to about 18 doctors per thousand households in the best places, and three for those in the worst.


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