3311.4 - Demography, South Australia, 1998  
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MEDIA RELEASE

December 16, 1999
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
144/1999

A snapshot of the SA population from the ABS

By the year 2021 SA's average household size is projected to decline to between 2.0 and 2.2 persons, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS ) today. This is partly due to an increase in the number of older people living alone.

In 1998 the marriage rate per 1,000 people remained stable at 5.4, compared to 7.2 in 1988. The main falls in marriage rates have been in the population aged under 25 years. Rates have remained fairly stable in the older age groups.

Meanwhile, the divorce rate of 2.8 per 1,000 population was one point lower than it was in 1988.

In terms of migration from overseas, data compiled from the Overseas Arrivals and Departures collection shows that with less than 4% of the national total in 1997-98, SA attracts a relatively low share of the migrant intake.

Heart disease remains the most significant cause of death for both men and women in 1998, with 28.4% of males and 30.1% of female deaths being attributed to this. Cancer continued to be the second single leading cause of death, accounting for 27.6% of males and 24.3% of females.

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