There’s so much to learn about living in Seaford, a small suburb that lies 32 kms south of the Adelaide CBD.

Originally settled as farming land in the 1810s, development accelerated at Seaford toward the end of the 20th century as Adelaide’s population began to elongate in a north-south direction.

Today, it sits within the City of Onkaparinga, the largest local government area in South Australia, on a stretch of coastline known as the city’s southern beaches.

The suburb of Seaford is only 3.1 square kilometres.

It boasts 13 parks comprising nearly 16.1% of its total area.

Seaford is pierced by Commercial Rd, which essentially runs between Port Noarlunga in the north and Aldinga in the south.

Seaford’s beach is accessed from 235 Esplanade, offering two kilometres of golden sands, and is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and fishing.

It is also regularly patrolled by lifeguards in summer.

The suburb of Seaford is surrounded by Port Noarlunga South, Seaford Meadows, Seaford Heights, Seaford Rise and Moana.

The nearby Victor Harbor Road takes drivers on a short 11-minute trek to the spectacular countryside of McLaren Vale, flush with world class wines and restaurants.

Here’s what else there is to know about the people who live in Seaford.

Seaford population

Seaford’s population was 4493 at the time of the 2021 census.

That is a rise of 4.3% over the previous five years.

Of that number, 52.7% were female, compared with only 51% of greater Adelaide.

A slightly older population resides in Seaford with the median age of 43 higher than the rest of the city’s 39.

However, 35-39 year olds were the most populous group.

This anomaly is explained by the above average numbers of people over the age of 65 in Seaford.

The 85 years and older group comprises 4.8% of Seaford’s numbers compared with only 2.7% across South Australia.

Families in Seaford

There were 1253 families living in Seaford with 0.6 children per family or 1.8 children for families with at least one child.

But there are fewer large families in Seaford compared with the rest of Adelaide.

The suburb has an average of 2.3 people per household, down slightly on the greater Adelaide average of 2.5.

Seaford has an above average number of divorced, separated, widowed and never married people compared to the rest of the state.

Its married numbers reached 43.7% compared with the state average of 46.1%.

But it had an above average share of de facto relationships – 13.5% compared with the state average of 11.2%.

Dwellings in Seaford

There were 1981 private dwellings in Seaford at the time of the census.

Those families had an average monthly mortgage repayment of $1400, more than 10% lower than the Adelaide average of $1562.

This can be attributed to two reasons:

House prices – the median price of houses in Seaford is $650,000, almost 10% lower than the Adelaide median price of $721,000 (as of February, 2024).

This is largely attributed to its distance from the Adelaide CBD.

Family income – the average weekly income for Seaford families is $1254. This is more than 25% lower than the Adelaide average of $1548.

The median weekly rental price in Seaford is $520, nearly 8% lower than the Adelaide average of $565.

Owner occupiers comprise 69% of Seaford’s dwellings, while the remaining 31% are renting.

There are also slightly fewer vehicle owners in Seaford with 1.7 cars per dwelling compared with the city average of 1.8.

Education and work in Seaford

There was a higher proportion of students attending Catholic schools at both primary and secondary level in Seaford.

This was offset by a lower number of students attending other private or non-government schools.

There was also a significantly lower number of people attending university or other higher education – only 9.8% of the population compared with the state figure of 16.7%.

Only 13% of Seaford’s numbers have attained a Bachelor degree, compared with 22.7% across the state and 26.3% around Australia.

Conversely, 18.3% have attained a Certificate level III compared with 14% statewide, indicating a higher number of blue-collar workers.

The most common occupations were technicians and trade workers at 18.1%, significantly higher than the state average of 13.2%.

Unemployment was also slightly higher in Seaford at 6.8%, compared to the rest of the state at 5.4%.

Cultural diversity in Seaford

People living in Seaford were much more likely to be from the old dart than those in the rest of the state with 52.3% identifying as English compared with 38% across SA.

Of the next most common responses 36.8% were Australian, Scottish 10.5%, Irish 8.9% and German 6.6%.

Equally, 13.8% were born in England compared with only 5.3% statewide.

Only 1.8% of Seaford’s population (83 people) identified as Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander at the census, compared with 2.4% across South Australia and 3.2% around Australia.

And 58.9% of Seaford residents said they had no religion compared to 45.3% throughout South Australia.

The next highest group were Catholic 10.7%, Anglican 9.5% and Uniting Church 4.6% were the next highest groups.

German was the only non-English language spoken more often in Seaford than across the state.

The prevalence of Mandarin was significantly lower at 0.3% in Seaford compared with SA at 1.8%.

Non-English language was used in only 6.7% of Seaford homes, compared with 19% statewide.

Health in Seaford

Its slightly older population makes health one of the big issues faced by people living in Seaford.

Residents were more likely to have at least one long-term health condition than the South Australian and Australian averages.

Some 24.1% had at least one condition compared with 20.3% across the rest of the state.

Another 9.9% had two long-term health conditions compared with 6.9% while 5% had three long-term health conditions, compared with the state average of 3.8%.

Arthritis and mental health were the two most common long-term conditions.

The prevalence of arthritis in Seaford was 14.4% compared to the state average of 10.1%.

The prevalence of a mental health disorder was 12.2% compared to 9.8% across SA.

There were also slightly elevated rates of asthma, cancer, dementia, heart disease, stroke and lung conditions in the suburb.

Book a doctor’s appointment in Seaford

Seaford is fortunate to be so well supported by a host of primary and allied health services in the suburb or nearby.

AHA’s two clinics at Seaford and Seaford Meadows offer a wide range of services including:

  • Antenatal and Paediatric care
  • Women’s health
  • Men’s health
  • Immunisations and Vaccinations
  • Skin clinic and surgical procedures
  • Pre-employment and WorkCover
  • Adolescent health
  • Sports medicine
  • Mental health

They also offer a Clinpath clinic on-site as well as a pharmacy conveniently situated adjacent to their Seaford Road clinic.

As always, remember if it is an emergency, call 000.

Book an appointment here today at either our Seaford Road Day and Night Clinic or our Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic.