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TASMANIA



STATE SUMMARY

REGIONAL VARIATIONS

MUNICIPAL GROWTH

POPULATION CHANGE IN WEST COAST MINING AND NORTH-WESTERN FARMING REGIONS

POPULATION CHANGE IN TASMANIAN CITIES

CENTRES OF POPULATION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS


STATE SUMMARY

Tasmania's estimated resident population grew by 4,300 people in 2007-08 to 497,500 at June 2008. This was an increase of 0.9% for the year, which was the lowest growth rate of any state or territory but above the 0.7% annual growth of Tasmania's population in the previous three years. Tasmania's population, as a proportion of Australia's population, remained steady at 2.3% at June 2008.

SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Tasmania - 2007-08
Diagram: SLA population change, Tasmania, 2007-08


REGIONAL VARIATIONS

In 2007-08, the population in all four of Tasmania's SDs increased. The fastest growth was in Southern (1.3%), followed by Greater Hobart and Mersey-Lyell (0.9% each) and Northern (0.6%). The largest growth was in Greater Hobart (an increase of 1,960 people), followed by Mersey-Lyell (1,050), Northern (860) and Southern (470). Greater Hobart accounted for 42.1% of Tasmania's population, followed by Northern (28.2%), Mersey-Lyell (22.3%) and Southern (7.4%). In the five years to June 2008, Greater Hobart's share of Tasmania's population has increased while the shares in Northern and Mersey-Lyell slightly declined.

MUNICIPAL GROWTH

Most of Tasmania's 29 LGAs experienced population growth in the year to June 2008. Sorell (M) (2.8%) and Brighton (M) (2.5%) were the fastest-growing LGAs in Tasmania. The largest growth occurred in Kingborough (M) (630 people) and Launceston (C) (400). Three of the five fastest-growing LGAs were within commuting distance of inner-city Hobart, as were four of the five LGAs with the largest growth.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH, Tasmania

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Kingborough (M)
32 800
630
2.0
Launceston (C)
65 200
400
0.6
Brighton (M)
15 200
380
2.5
Clarence (C)
51 500
360
0.7
Sorell (M)
12 800
340
2.8

FASTEST GROWTH(a)

Sorell (M)
12 800
340
2.8
Brighton (M)
15 200
380
2.5
Latrobe (M)
9 300
210
2.3
Kingborough (M)
32 800
630
2.0
Kentish (M)
6 100
110
1.7

(a) Excludes LGAs with a population of less than 2,000 at June 2007.


POPULATION CHANGE IN WEST COAST MINING AND NORTH-WESTERN FARMING REGIONS

The West Coast (M) LGA, which contains many of Tasmania's mines, reversed a trend of declining population with an increase of 40 people (0.8%) in 2007-08. Circular Head (M), an agricultural region in north-west Tasmania, was the only LGA with a population over 2,000 to show any decline in population, decreasing by 30 (0.4%) over the year.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, Tasmania

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST DECLINE

Circular Head (M)
8 200
-30
-0.4
King Island (M)
1 700
-10
-0.7

FASTEST DECLINE(a)

Circular Head (M)
8 200
-30
-0.4

(a) Excludes LGAs with a population of less than 2,000 at June 2007.


POPULATION CHANGE IN TASMANIAN CITIES

Launceston (C) had the largest growth (400 people) of the six cities in Tasmania, while Devonport (C), also in the north of the state, had the fastest growth (1.4%). This is a change from the previous two years when the fastest and largest population growth occurred in Clarence (C), which is on the eastern shore of Hobart's Derwent River.


CENTRES OF POPULATION

At June 2008, the centre of population in Tasmania was in the Central Highlands (M) LGA, just to the west of Woods Lake. In the five years to June 2008, the state's centre of population moved around 0.7 kilometres south-east.

The centre of population of the Hobart SD at June 2008 was in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, just north of the Hobart central business district.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS, Tasmania

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population
at 30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Break O'Day (M)
6 311
49
0.8
Brighton (M)
15 198
376
2.5
Burnie (C)
19 682
33
0.2
Central Coast (M)
21 571
245
1.1
Central Highlands (M)
2 339
23
1.0
Circular Head (M)
8 212
-34
-0.4
Clarence (C)
51 506
363
0.7
Derwent Valley (M)
9 920
161
1.6
Devonport (C)
25 208
339
1.4
Dorset (M)
7 294
90
1.2
Flinders (M)
905
17
1.9
George Town (M)
6 723
2
0.0
Glamorgan/Spring Bay (M)
4 464
58
1.3
Glenorchy (C)
44 433
139
0.3
Hobart (C)
49 611
34
0.1
Huon Valley (M)
14 858
208
1.4
Kentish (M)
6 130
105
1.7
King Island (M)
1 716
-12
-0.7
Kingborough (M)
32 787
628
2.0
Latrobe (M)
9 329
212
2.3
Launceston (C)
65 222
403
0.6
Meander Valley (M)
19 329
178
0.9
Northern Midlands (M)
12 524
44
0.4
Sorell (M)
12 795
344
2.8
Southern Midlands (M)
5 934
71
1.2

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Tasman (M)
2 317
18
0.8
Waratah/Wynyard (M)
14 022
117
0.8
West Coast (M)
5 222
40
0.8
West Tamar (M)
21 967
74
0.3
TOTAL TASMANIA
497 529
4 325
0.9

(C) City
(M) Municipality
Estimates for 2008 are preliminary.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08 (cat. no. 3218.0).


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