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POPULATION CHANGE IN GREATER ADELAIDE
At June 2012, the population of Greater Adelaide was 1.28 million people, which accounted for 77% of the state's total population. In the year to 2012, the population of Greater Adelaide increased by 14,200 people (1.1%), while the remainder of the state grew by 2,300 people (0.6%).
In the 12 months to 2012, all but one of the 20 SA2s with the largest population increases in the state were within Greater Adelaide. On the northern outskirts of Greater Adelaide, Davoren Park and neighbouring Munno Para West - Angle Vale had the largest increases, up 710 and 660 people respectively. Pooraka, in Adelaide's northern suburbs, and Seaford, on the coast to the south of Adelaide each increased by 640 people. Inner-city Adelaide (up 600 people), Craigmore - Blakeview (530) and Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains (480) also had large growth. Many of these SA2s also had the fastest growth in the state. Munno Para West - Angle Vale was the fastest, increasing by 8.3%, followed by Davoren Park (4.4%), Adelaide (4.3%), Pooraka (3.4%) and Seaford (3.3%).
Nine SA2s within Greater Adelaide had small declines in population between 2011 and 2012. The SA2 with the largest decline was Aberfoyle Park (down 50 people), south of Adelaide, while nearby Belair had the fastest decline (down 0.6%).
POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REMAINDER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
In the 12 months to June 2012, the remainder of the state generally experienced smaller population increases than Greater Adelaide.
Fleurieu - Kangaroo Island recorded the largest and fastest population increase (up 730 people or 1.5%) of all SA3s outside of Greater Adelaide. Eyre Peninsula and South West had the next largest growth, up 360 people, followed by Barossa, which grew by 350.
The SA2s within the remainder of South Australia with the largest growth in 2011-12 were Murray Bridge (up 250 people), east of Adelaide, Strathalbyn (190) to the south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor (190) on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and Light (170) to the north of Adelaide. Strathalbyn had the fastest growth (up 3.0%) in the remainder of the state, followed by Roxby Downs (2.6%) in central South Australia, and Moonta (2.5%) on the Yorke Peninsula.
No SA3s in the remainder of South Australia experienced population loss, but Mid North remained stable.
Almost one-third of the SA2s in the remainder of the state decreased in population between June 2011 and June 2012. The largest and fastest decline in population occurred in Flinders Ranges (down 30 people or 1.4%).
The population density of South Australia at June 2012 was 1.7 people per square kilometre (sq km), the same as at June 2011. Most of the state had a very low population density, with 20 SA2s (comprising 94% of the state's total area) having less than one person per sq km. Greater Adelaide had a population density of 390 people per sq km.
The most densely populated SA2s within Greater Adelaide 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 Nailsworth - Broadview (2,700 people per sq km), in Adelaide's inner northern suburbs.
The SA2s in Greater Adelaide with the largest increases in density between 2011 and 2012 were Davoren Park (up 70 people per sq km), followed by inner-city Adelaide (60), and Craigmore - Blakeview, Northgate - Oakden - Gilles Plains, Warradale and Woodville - Cheltenham (each up 40). The population density in Aberfoyle Park decreased by 3.4 people per sq km, which was the largest decrease for the state.
CENTRE OF POPULATION
The centre of population for South Australia at June 2012 was in the suburb of Gepps Cross, roughly 10 kilometres north of Adelaide's central business district.
For Greater Adelaide, the centre of population at June 2012 was on the banks of the Torrens River, near Botanic Park in the suburb of Adelaide.
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