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Adelaide revealed as 2011 Census data is released

21 June 2012 | SA/46

The changing face of Adelaide 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 population of Greater Adelaide is 1,225,235, up from 1,156,957 in 2006 – an increase of 5.9 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Greater Adelaide is Salisbury, which now has 129,108 people up from 118,423 in 2006 – a rise of nine per cent.

Housing in Greater Adelaide has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $250 from $165 in 2006, an increase of 51.5 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $1,543 from $1,083 in 2006, an increase of 42.5 per cent.

ABS South Australian Census Regional Director, Gary Niedorfer, said the 2011 Census was a great success and the results released today will help shape the future of Australia over the next five years.

“Census information is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, including Adelaide, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Mr Niedorfer said.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the city, including data on topics such as age, education, income, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and more.”

Mr Niedorfer added that Australia’s richest source of statistical information is now available freely online.

“Census data is available for free on the ABS website, where you can find new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, that make searching Census data quick and easy.”

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit

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