3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

STATE SUMMARY

At June 2014, the estimated resident population of South Australia was 1.69 million people, which represented 7.2% of the total Australian population. In the year to 2014, the population increased by 15,200 people (0.9%). This was the second-lowest growth rate of all states and territories, after Tasmania (0.3%).


POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, South Australia - 2013-14
Diagram: POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, South Australia - 2013-14


POPULATION CHANGE IN GREATER ADELAIDE

At June 2014, the population of Greater Adelaide was 1.30 million people, which accounted for 77% of the state's total population. In the year to 2014, the population of Greater Adelaide increased by 13,300 people (1.0%), while the remainder of the state grew by 2,000 people (0.5%).

All but one of the 20 SA2s with the largest population increases in the state were in Greater Adelaide. Seaford, a coastal suburb in Adelaide's south, had the largest growth (up by 750 people), followed by Munno Para West - Angle Vale (690) on the northern outskirts of Greater Adelaide. Pooraka (up by 670 people) and Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains (640), both in the northern suburbs, also had comparatively large growth.

The fastest-growing SA2s in the state were Munno Para West - Angle Vale (up by 7.5%), Seaford (3.6%), and Mount Barker (3.5%) in the Adelaide Hills.

Relatively small population declines were seen in just over 10% of SA2s within Greater Adelaide. The southern suburb of Happy Valley had the largest decrease (down by 80 people), while Uraidla - Summertown in the Adelaide Hills had the fastest (down by 0.7%).
SA2s WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH(a), South Australia

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2014p
2013r-2014p
SA2
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Seaford
21 500
750
3.6
Munno Para West - Angle Vale
9 900
690
7.5
Pooraka
20 900
670
3.3
Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains
23 300
640
2.8
Gawler - South
19 100
570
3.1

FASTEST GROWTH

Munno Para West - Angle Vale
9 900
690
7.5
Seaford
21 500
750
3.6
Mount Barker
16 600
560
3.5
Pooraka
20 900
670
3.3
Adelaide
15 500
480
3.2

(a) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of population change are based on unrounded numbers.


POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Population growth

In the 12 months to 2014, the rest of the state generally grew more slowly than Greater Adelaide.

Fleurieu - Kangaroo Island recorded the largest and fastest population increase of all SA3s outside of Greater Adelaide, up by 690 people or 1.4%. Barossa had the next largest growth, up by 370 people, followed by Eyre Peninsula and South West which grew by 300 people.

The SA2s in the rest of South Australia with the largest growth were Victor Harbor (up by 260 people) on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Light (200) just north of Greater Adelaide, and Mount Gambier (170) in the state's south-east. Grant, also in the south-east, had the fastest growth (up by 2.7%), followed by Moonta (2.5%) on the Yorke Peninsula, and Light (2.3%).


Population decline

The SA3 with the largest decline in the rest of South Australia was Mid North, falling by 30 people (0.1%). All other SA3s remained relatively stable or increased in population.

Around 30% of the SA2s in the rest of the state decreased in population. The largest and fastest decline was in Berri in the state's Riverland, down by 80 people (1.9%).

POPULATION DENSITY

The population density of South Australia at June 2014 was 1.7 people per square kilometre (sq km), the same as at June 2013. 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 (3,000 persons per sq km), which adjoins Adelaide city to the south, and Glenelg on the coast (2,900). 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 1,500 people per sq km.

The SA2s in Greater Adelaide with the largest increases in density between 2013 and 2014 were Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains and Davoren Park in the north (both up by 60 people per sq km), followed by Flinders Park and Woodville - Cheltenham in the west (both up by 50 people per sq km). The largest decreases were in the southern suburbs of Happy Valley (down by 8.3 people per sq km) and Hackham West - Huntfield Heights (down by 5.0).


POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Adelaide - June 2014
Diagram: POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Adelaide - June 2014


CENTRE OF POPULATION

The centre of population for SA at June 2014 was in the suburb of Clearview. In the ten years to 2014, the centre moved 0.8 kilometres south-west, towards Adelaide's central business district.

For Greater Adelaide, the centre of population at June 2014 was near Botanic Park, in the suburb of North Adelaide.