The Adelaide Hills is relatively prosperous, has large opportunities for further development and enjoys low unemployment compared with many other parts of South Australia. According to previous Census the area has a median weekly individual income in excess of the average for SA and the high income group are more numerous than that expressed for the average in SA. One family households make up almost 80% of household groups. The Adelaide Hills has a low percentage of one parent families. Home ownership is high in the area with a lower than average SA rate of rental occupancy.
Traditionally the Adelaide Hills has not been subject to high levels of unemployment and continually sets levels lower than the SA average. The region's highly active small business sector and the growth of various enterprises has delivered an owner-account worker percentage of employed at approximately 10% and in excess of the SA average of closer to 7%. A higher than average SA professionally employed group reside in the area.
Industry employment is highest in the categories of;
The proportion of residents that work in the area is approximately 40%, while close to 17% work in the city of Adelaide and approximately 30% work in the Adelaide suburbs. Further statistics on the Adelaide Hills area, for employers and business, can be retrieved from the Adelaide Hills Regional Development Board.
Self-employment opportunities can be investigated through the Adelaide Hills Regional Development Board, the Adelaide Hills Business and Tourism Centre Inc. and Council.