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Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

City of Adelaide geography

This profile provides Census data for the City of Adelaide broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

The City of Adelaide has 10 small areas:

Location of CAD East

CAD East

CAD East is bounded by North Terrace in the north, East Terrace in the east, Wakefield Street in the south, and King William Street in the west.

Location of CAD West

CAD West

CAD West is bounded by North Terrace, Montefiore Road, Festival Drive, Station Road and North Terrace in the north, King William Street in the east, Grote Street in the south, and West Terrace in the west.

Location of City South

City South

City South is bounded by Grote Street and Wakefield Street in the north, Pulteney Street in the east, South Terrace in the south, and Morphett Street, Whitmore Street, Wright Street and Morphett Street in the west.

Location of Lower North Adelaide

Lower North Adelaide

Lower North Adelaide is bounded by Lefevre Terrace and Kingston Terrace in the north, Mann Terrace in the east, MacKinnon Parade, Brougham Place, Sir Edwin Smith Avenue and Pennington Terrace in the south, and Palmer Place and Brougham Place in the west.

Location of Park Lands

Park Lands

Park Lands is the area surrounding the main built-up areas in the City of Adelaide. Parklands excludes the northern area of the City of Adelaide bounded by Barton Terrace West, O’Connell Street, Barton Terrace East, Lefevre Terrace, Kingston Terrace, Mann Terrace, Mackinnon Parade, Brougham Place, Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, Pennington Terrace, Montefiore Road, Strangways Terrace and Mills Terrace, and the southern area of the City of Adelaide bounded by North Terrace, Montefiore Road, Festival Drive, Station Road, North Terrace, East Terrace, South Terrace and West Terrace.

Location of South East Corner

South East Corner

South East Corner is bounded by Wakefield Street in the north, East Terrace in the east, South Terrace in the south, and Pulteney Street in the west.

Location of South West Corner

South West Corner

South West Corner is bounded by Grote Street in the north, Morphett Street, Wright Street, Whitmore Street and Morphett Street in the east, South Terrace in the south, and West Terrace in the west.

Location of Upper North Adelaide

Upper North Adelaide

Upper North Adelaide is bounded by Barton Terrace East, O’Connell Street and Barton Terrace West in the north, Lefevre Terrace in the east, Brougham Place, Palmer Place, Montefiore Place and Strangways Terrace in the south, and Mills Terrace in the west.

Location of South East Overlay

South East Overlay

South East Overlay is bounded by Wakefield Street in the north, East Terrace in the east, South Terrace in the south, and King William Street in the west.

Location of South West Overlay

South West Overlay

South West Overlay is bounded by Grote Street in the north, King William Street in the east, South Terrace in the south, and West Terrace in the west.