Despite all of the doom and gloom from Australian media, it can be confirmed that Melbourne was the most popular capital city to move to after the pandemic, according to data figures from real estate listing websites.

Brisbane took second place, Perth was third, Betoota was fourth, and Sydney – a city plagued by what could be the worst housing crisis in the world – was fifth.

However the unsung little sibling of Australian cities, Adelaide, came sixth. This is still very impressive for a human settlement that has traditionally been described as a ‘capital town’.

While the politician’s answer to housing crisis is for Australians to simply ‘relocate to the regions’ and take advantage of the overwhelmed rural hospitals that are still riddled with asbestos – the reality is that 72% of the Australian population live in the cities.

Unless you are a farmer, a coal miner, a truck driver, a 68-year-old school teacher, or an ice trafficker – there is not much work going for anyone looking to move to the bush.

Adelaide, however, is different. It’s the best of both worlds.

With two football teams and one famous Afghan restaurant, sleepy old Adelaide has the cottagecore charm of Tasmania with the cultural edge of Melbourne.

For those that have moved there and successfully integrated into the slightly religious but quiet way of life, there is one question on their minds: why isn’t everyone moving here?

One of those east coast expats is 29-year-old Nicole Joe.

“This is just like home, but less expensive” says Nicole, in her 3rd week living in the City Of Churches.

“You can get a pasta after 8pm, which surprised me, but also you don’t hear any jackhammers on Saturday morning”

Nicole’s optimistic review of her new hometown comes well before she’s even dipped her toes into Adelaide’s dating pool, or even finished decorating her Wayville unit.

However, as a paralegal employed in the CBD, Nicole seems unaware that she has snatched up the last available job between Port Pirie and Victor Harbour.

And in a city suffering from a decade long man-drought, she doesn’t realise there are even fewer men available in the city.

“I feel like this is Australia’s best kept secret haha” she says.

“Rent is only 350 bucks a week. I know that seems steep for a city that major touring artists don’t even visit, but it’s all relative”

“I’m on 64k a year after tax. Plus I get a car park at work now.”

“I’s really a no-brainer. Everyone should move here”


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