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: $1.5 billion (1.37% of the South Australian economy)
  • Population: 39,977
  • Local jobs: 9,834
  • Largest employing sector: Education and Training
  • Number of local businesses: 4,058    
  • Employed residents: 19,513
  • Regional Exports: $688 million
  • Visitor Economy: $92.3 million

Further statistics are available at economyid

Key characteristics of the Adelaide Hills 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.  

Adelaide Hills Business Survey 2021

Adelaide Hills Council invites local businesses to take part in a biannual business survey seeking their views on economic opportunities and challenges for the region.

The 2021 survey results are informing the implementation of Council's Economic Development Plan 2020–24, by ensuring supports align with identified community need and benefits. 

See the snapshot of the 2021 survey results here.

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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