• Rikki Lambert

Nuriootpa SA's 2nd fastest growing town as Adelaide pushes hard into Plains: ABS

Nuriootpa is South Australia's second-fastest growing regional town, Tuesday's Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals.

Outside of metropolitan Adelaide - inside which FlowNews24 included Mount Barker - only Yankalilla, at 2 per cent growth in the last reporting year, has grown faster than Nuriootpa's 1.8 per cent.

The Barossa Valley's largest town sat 20th in the fastest growing statistical regions overall, gaining 117 people from internal migration within Australia,

25 from immigration, offsetting a 14 person decline in natural population (births vs deaths).

Nuriootpa sits by the slimmest percentage ahead of Goolwa-Port Elliot, and Victor Harbor, regions as the next fastest-growing regional towns.

Clare sits 7th in the rankings, growing at 1.3 per cent. Like Nuriootpa, it grew mostly from internal migration, with a slight boost in immigration and a slight fall in natural population (birth vs deaths).

Statewide, the metropolitan areas of Munno Para West - Angle Vale grew fastest at 6.6 per cent, Mount Barker (4.9), Lewiston-Two Wells (4.6), Virginia - Waterloo Corner (3.8) then Beverley, central Adelaide and McLaren Vale the only others over 3 per cent.

At the other end of the rankings, South Australia's Outback statistical area fell hardest, reducing the population by 2.3 per cent over the same period. The reduction comprised entirely from internal migration within Australia, despite slight increases in natural population and immigration growth.

The Naracoorte (-1.6 per cent), Ceduna (-1.4 per cent), Port Augusta (-1.2 per cent) and Coober Pedy (-0.8 per cent) regions ranked 2nd to 4th fastest declining areas.

Coober Pedy's story is even more pronounced than the Outback, losing 266 people to internal migration respite gaining 58 people in the balance between births and deaths, and 50 from immigration.