3311.4 - Demography, South Australia, 2000  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/12/2001   
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Demography In South Australia: A Wrap-Up For 2000

South Australia's population reached the one and a half million mark in 2000, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

After topping half a million in 1921, then one million in 1963, in 2000 our population grew by 0.3% over the previous year to reach an estimated 1,500,300 by 31 December.

Demography SA, 2000 presents a comprehensive demographic profile of South Australia. It draws on registrations of births, marriages, deaths and divorces, together with estimates of the population and data from previous years to examine demographic trends.

Highlights of the information available include:
  • Over 70% of the State's population live in the Adelaide Statistical Division.
  • The crude birth rate of 11.9 per 1,000 of the population was the lowest it has ever been. In 2000 there were 17,859 births registered to 17,589 mothers usually resident in South Australia.
  • There were 11,843 registered deaths in 2000 of people usually resident in South Australia, the highest number of deaths ever.
  • Malignant neoplasm (cancer) was the leading cause of death in 2000, causing 24% of female and 30% of male deaths. The death rate from cancer for males was 244.4 per 100,000 males, an increase of 10% in the last ten years, compared to 181.7, an increase of 2.7% for females.
  • There were also falls in the incidence of malignant neoplasm in older groups. Decreases in the number of deaths per 100,000 population occurred in cancers of the trachea, bronchus and lung for males between the ages of 60 and 80, and in cancers of the breast and colon for females aged 65 years or more.
  • In the ten years since 1990 there has been a decline of 14% in the number of marriages in SA from 9,609 to 8,227.
  • Roxby Downs has the smallest proportion of people aged over 55 years with 4%, while Victor Harbor has the largest (42%).

Further details can be found in Demography SA 2000 (cat. no. 3311.4) available in ABS bookshops. A summary of this publication can also be found on this site.Companion data is available as Excel spreadsheets. If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication contact the ABS Bookshop in your capital city.