Australian Bureau of Statistics
3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration
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POPULATION CHANGE IN GREATER ADELAIDE
At June 2013, the population of Greater Adelaide was 1.29 million people, which accounted for 77% of the state's total population. In the year to 2013, the population of Greater Adelaide increased by 13,100 people (1.0%), while the remainder of the state grew by 1,700 people (0.5%).
All but one of the 20 SA2s with the largest population increases in the state were in Greater Adelaide. Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains in the north had the largest growth, up by 670 people. Munno Para West - Angle Vale on the northern outskirts of Greater Adelaide, and Seaford on the coast to the south, both grew by 630 people. Pooraka (up by 630 people) and Enfield - Blair Athol (620), both in the northern suburbs, also had comparatively large growth. The three fastest-growing SA2s in the state were the neighbouring areas of Munno Para West - Angle Vale (up by 7.3%), Davoren Park (3.6%) and Virginia - Waterloo Corner (3.3%), all on the northern outskirts of Greater Adelaide.
Small declines were seen across 15 SA2s within Greater Adelaide. Redwood Park in the outer north-east, had both the largest and fastest decrease, down by 90 people or 0.6%.
POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
In the 12 months to 2013, the rest of the state generally grew more slowly than Greater Adelaide.
Fleurieu - Kangaroo Island recorded the largest and fastest population increases of all SA3s outside of Greater Adelaide, up by 620 people or 1.3%. Barossa had the next largest growth, up by 270 people, followed by Outback - North and East, and Yorke Peninsula which both grew by 230 people.
The SA2s in the rest of South Australia with the largest growth were Murray Bridge (up by 290 people), east of Adelaide, Victor Harbor (200) on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and Mount Gambier (170) in the state's south-east. Roxby Downs in central South Australia had the fastest growth, up by 2.4%, followed by Moonta (2.3%) and Kadina (2.0%) on the Yorke Peninsula, and Strathalbyn (also 2.0%) on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Mid North was the only SA3 in the rest of South Australia to decline in population between 2012 and 2013, falling by 100 people (0.4%).
Just over one-third of the SA2s in the rest of the state decreased in population. The largest decline was in Whyalla (down by 80 people) and the fastest decline was in Flinders Ranges (down by 1.6%).
The population density of South Australia at June 2013 was 1.7 people per square kilometre (sq km), the same as at June 2012. Most of the state had a low population density, with 20 SA2s (comprising 94% of the state's total area) having less than 1 person per sq km. Greater Adelaide had a population density of 400 people per sq km.
The most densely-populated SA2s were Unley - Parkside, which adjoins Adelaide city to the south, and Glenelg on the coast (both 2,900 people per sq km). This was followed by the inner-Adelaide suburbs of Prospect and Nailsworth - Broadview to the north, and Norwood to the east (all 2,700 people per sq km). The SA2 of Adelaide, which comprises the city and surrounding parklands, had 1,400 people per sq km.
The SA2s in Greater Adelaide with the largest increases in density between 2012 and 2013 were Davoren Park and Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains (both up by 60 people per sq km), followed by Woodville - Cheltenham (50) in Greater Adelaide's north-west. The largest decreases were in the neighbouring north-eastern suburbs of Modbury Heights (down by 7.4 people per sq km) and Redwood Park (down by 6.4).
CENTRE OF POPULATION
The centre of population for SA at June 2013 was in the suburb of Gepps Cross. In the ten years to 2013, the centre moved 0.9 kilometres south, towards Adelaide's central business district.
For Greater Adelaide, the centre of population at June 2013 was near Botanic Park, in the suburb of Adelaide.
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This page last updated 2 April 2014