Australia is home to you, probably for five, ten, 20 or even 30 years, but you may not even be aware where the Filipinos, or precisely as we call them -- Filipino-Australians or Filos -- predominantly live.
Probably, you intend to move to a suburb and want to have kapwa Filipinos as neighbours.
Or still, getting your citizenship from permanent resident visa after working in regional Australia, you finally decide to settle permanently in the city, then the big question arises, where do you go to stay near your fellow Filipinos or kababayans?
Or even if you a student for three years, a temporary resident, and without any relatives and friends, want to live with your kababayans. Where will you go?
Do Filipinos scatter around the metropolitan or do they live in ghetto-like community where they tend to settle in one place?
Most populous states
According to the latest official March 2017 statistics, the two most populous states in Australia are still New South Wales and Victoria. NSW is home to 7.84 million residents or 32 percent of the 24.51 million Australian population (The population reached 24 million in early 2016) and its southern neighbour Victoria has just over a quarter of the total population. NSW's capital, Greater Sydney, has nearly 65 per cent of the state's population or 20.7 percent of the country's population, with 5.09 million and a young median age of 35.1 years old. The country's second biggest, Victoria's main city, Melbourne accommodates 4.7 million people.
Not surprisingly, Filipinos tend to settle in the main cities and regional urban areas, although you can find Filipinos, usually married to Australian-born, even in the remotest place of Australia.
And more precisely, if you want to see where majorities of the Filipinos are, go to Sydney and Melbourne. However, in recent years, a fast growing number of Filipinos move to other key cities, specifically Perth in Western Australia, Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland, and the ACT. Adelaide in South Australia, Hobart and Launceston in Tasmania and Darwin in Northern Territory are also home to some Filipinos.
Here are the top ten suburbs where you are most likely to witness a vibrant Filipino community.
Compare how the cost of buying or renting properties in these areas have changed in the last 12 months.
Information below is based on August 2016 data:
There are many reasons why Filipinos live in these places. First, these suburbs are near their work places; second, houses or rent are affordable; and third, relatives and friends live in the area so they feel like they are "at home".
Now, let us look at the top ten suburbs where most Filipinos are likely to live in Australia.
In Sydney, these suburbs are clustered in the western part of the CBD within the Blacktown City local government area.
In Melbourne, Victoria, the top three suburbs are newly-developed areas in the western corridors near the international airport.
Politically, all the areas are Labor party strongholds.
Property prices in the area are within the below average range.