Adelaide Population 2017
Adelaide's population has grown rapidly in the last few decades and now boasts a population of 1.29 million in the metropolitan area, although the smaller City of Adelaide has a population of just 23,000. About three-quarters of the population of South Australia lives in the Adelaide metropolitan area.
The foreign-born population of the city is about 30%, with large Italian and Greek communities in the east and west suburbs of Fulham, West Lakes, Newton, Payneham, Campbelltown and Torrensville. There are substantial Vietnamese populations in the northwest and northern suburbs of Athol Park, Mansfield Park, Pooraka, Woodville and others. Immigrants from Sri Lanka and India are concentrated in the inner suburbs such as Enfield, Kilburn and Park Holme.
Recently, suburbs in the north and West have experienced substantial migration from Iran and Afghanistan. Chinese immigrants have largely settled in the northeastern and eastern communities.
While Adelaide was founded on religious tolerance, attracting many religious people and earning it the nickname "The City of Churches," about one-third of the population now has no religious affiliation, which makes Adelaide one of the least religious cities in the country.
Prior to becoming a British settlement in 1836, the Adelaide area was inhabited by the indigenous Kaurna Aboriginal people. South Australia was proclaimed a British colony in 1836 with the city's layout based on the Sicilian city of Catania. The city was established as a planned colony of free immigrants with promised freedom of religion and liberties. Based on the ideas of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, land was sold by the government at a price high enough to be unaffordable to journeymen and laborers, which means Adelaide does not have the convict settlement history of other cities in Australia.
After years of struggle, Adelaide eventually began to prosper and, by 1856, it was a self-governing colony. Electricity was introduced in 1900 and the city had a post-war boom after World War I that was followed by droughts and the Depression. It was slowly transformed from an agriculture-based economy to a modern city with many transformed pre-war factories.
Adelaide Population Growth
Over the past decade, certain areas of Adelaide have grown faster than others, particularly Golden Grove and Mawson Lakes. According to a leading demographer of Australia, South Australia's population growth rate has been very rapid. As it stands now, many new migrants initially come to South Australian regions like Adelaide first, eventually leaving for larger cultural communities further into the country.
In 2013, South Australia's population grew 0.9%, which is much faster than many countries although it still lags behind almost every other Australian state, largely due to geography.
Source: Ashton 29