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How population-dense is your suburb?

Monday, 22 April 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily

In the last decade Adelaide's urban density has barely changed, with growth limited to a handful of suburban areas.

While some outer metropolitan areas, and newly developed areas, recorded the greatest increases in density, some of Adelaide's most desirable established suburban areas remain our most population-dense.

These are some of the findings of an analysis by Indaily of greater Adelaide's urban density, displayed on a map to the right.

The map uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to calculate and display the population density of Adelaide from the last census in 2011.

Density is represented by a colour gradient. Dark green areas are the most dense and areas with a low population density are shaded light green.

On the whole, most suburbs have increased their density only slightly. For suburbs with a density of more than 800 people per square kilometre - the greater Adelaide area - density has increased by 8 per cent over the past last decade.

With 2866 people per square kilometre, Unley was Adelaide's densest region, closely followed by Glenelg (2843 people per sqkm).

Areas with significant increases in density included the CBD, which doubled its density, and the Pooraka statistical area, where the new development at Mawson Lakes helped its density to increase by 116 per cent.

Also recording increases were Northgate (28 per cent increase), Davoren Park (33 per cent increase), Craigmore (30 per cent) and Seaford (28 per cent).

At the other end of the spectrum Modbury Heights recorded an 8 per cent fall in density as people left the region. Morphett Vale (-6 per cent), Elizabeth East (-4 per cent) and Fulham (-3.6 per cent) also recorded falls.

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