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2011 Census data shows a snapshot of South Australia

21 June 2012 | SA/45

The changing face of South Australia was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The results show that the new Census resident population of South Australia is 1,596,568, up from 1,514,340 in 2006 – an increase of 5.4 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in South Australia is Salisbury, which now has 129,108 people up from 118,423 in 2006 – an increase of 10,685 or nine per cent.

The local government area with the highest proportionate increase in South Australia is Adelaide, which grew 17.9 per cent to 19,638 people from 16,660 in 2006.

Housing in the State has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $220 from $150 in 2006, an increase of 46.7 per cent.

This compares to the national average of $285 which was an increase of 49.2 per cent.

Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $1,500 from $1,018 in 2006, an increase of 47.3 per cent. This compares to the national average of $1,800, which increased by 38.5 per cent.

ABS South Australian Regional Director, Gary Niedorfer, said the release of 2011 Census data is a big day for the State.

“This data will help shape the future of South Australia over the next five years,” Mr Niedorfer said.

“Census data is used to help determine the allocation of GST funding to our State, and to plan vital services and infrastructure for the people of South Australia. This includes things such as hospitals and health services, schools, and public transport.”

Mr Niedorfer thanked the people of South Australia for participating in the Census and encouraged everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“The 2011 Census has been a great success, due largely to the support of people across the country. In return, there is now a wealth of data available freely online, which can be used for a variety of purposes, and provides a great snapshot of your community and your State.

“The ABS has introduced a range of new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, to make searching Census data fast and simple,” Mr Niedorfer added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.

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