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304 On Their Way

Young urban families living in separate houses which they are paying off with their above average income.

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Young urban families living in separate houses which they are paying off with their above average income.

304 On Their Way

Young urban families living in separate houses which they are paying off with their above average income.

  • Population433k
  • % of Population2.2%
  • Household Income$113k

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Summary

Forget climate change: it’s interest rates and the cost of living that keep On Their Way individuals awake at night. Yet they’re usually high-earning, skilled professionals, with kids in private schools and lifestyles that are the envy of many. While not a very multicultural bunch, they span a range of age groups, including empty-nesters.

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I’m so glad we came to Maitland. I moved the family here from Scone for the sake of the kids, really, so they’d have more chances in life. I mean, farming and horse-breeding are okay, but I want Jack and Tilly to have brighter prospects. And already, they’re doing better at school.

At the last teacher and parent night, Jack’s Year 7 teacher Mr Day told me he’s got a natural gift for science. Funny thing is, Jack came home from school last week and announced he wants to be an NRL player when he grows up! I’d be happy with that — as long as he plays for the Newcastle Knights. Mr Day’s a Newcastle Knights supporter too; we’re thinking about watching a match down the RSL some time. His kids have left home, and his wife isn’t interested, so he needs a rugby buddy.

As for me, I’m a civil project engineer. I work with an excellent team and earn pretty good money, but not enough to splash it about like it grows on trees. Karen and I keep a close eye on our spending, and funnel as much as we can into the mortgage.

Karen was my high-school sweetheart; she’s still as cute as she was then. She’s assistant manager at Coles Rutherford: ironic, really, because she doesn’t enjoy grocery-shopping. Anyway, it’s our 20th wedding anniversary next month and I’m planning a child-free weekend in Sydney— she’ll love it. Ritzy hotel, the casino, the works.

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