Economic Profile
The Adelaide Hills Council area is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Approximately 12 kilometres east of Adelaide CBD, it's an easy commute to the city but also a wonderful gateway to the country. Key economic indicators for the region include:
  • Gross Regional Product: $1.46 billion (1.5% of the SA economy)
  • Population: 39,525 (2.3% of the State's population)
  • Local jobs: 10,866 (1.3% of the State's jobs)
  • Largest employing sector: Retail    
  • Number of local businesses: 3,960    
  • Employed residents: 21,539 (2.7% of the State's employed)

Further statistics are available at economyid

For a broader discussion of the population, economic and workforce characteristics of the area see our 2014 Economic Profile. Key characteristics can be summarised as:

  • population - numbers have been relatively stable over the past decade;
  • economy - the main sectors which differentiate the Adelaide Hills economy are horticulture (mainly apples, pears and cherries), viticulture (with downstream wine production) and tourism;
  • labour force - highly skilled with a relatively high proportion working in managerial and professional occupations, and with incomes increasingly skewed towards the highest income groups; and,
  • employment - very low levels of unemployment when compared with the rest of the State.   
Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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