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3235.6.55.001 - Population by Age and Sex, Tasmania -- Electronic Delivery, Jun 2005  
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TOTAL POPULATION

The estimated resident population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005 was 485,300 persons - an increase of 3,100 (0.7%) since June 2004. This means that 2004-05 was the fifth consecutive year of growth for the state.

In the year to 30 June 2005 the populations of three Tasmanian statistical divisions increased. Greater Hobart Statistical Division increased by 1,500 (0.7%) to reach 203,600 persons, Northern Statistical Division increased by 1,300 (0.9%) to reach 137,900 persons, Southern Statistical Division increased by 350 (1.0%) to reach 35,800 persons and Mersey-Lyell Statistical Division remained unchanged at 107,900 persons.

The local government areas of Launceston (65,000 persons), Kingborough (31,500 persons) and Brighton (13,800 persons) experienced the largest growth during 2004-05 (960, 570 and 380 persons respectively). Brighton (13,800 persons), Glamorgan/Spring Bay (4,300 persons) and Break O’Day (6,200 persons) experienced the fastest growth (2.9%, 2.7% and 2.6% respectively).


MEDIAN AGE

The median age of the estimated resident population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005 was 38.7 years. This is 2.1 years higher than the Australian median age, which increased by 0.2 years during 2004-05, and 0.3 years higher than the Tasmanian median age at 30 June 2004. At 30 June 2005 the median age of Tasmanian males was 37.8 years, while the median age of Tasmanian females was 39.6 years.

The highest median age among the Tasmanian statistical divisions was in Southern (40.6 years), followed by Mersey-Lyell (39.2 years), Northern (38.5 years) and Greater Hobart (38.2 years).

Local government areas with the highest median ages were Glamorgan/Spring Bay (47.0 years), Tasman (46.3 years) and Break O'Day (45.7 years). Local government areas with the lowest median ages were Brighton (31.5 years), West Coast (36.1 years) and Circular Head (36.8 years). Every Tasmanian local government area except Central Highlands recorded a rise in median age during 2004-05.


AGE STRUCTURE

Population aged 0-14 years

The population aged 0-14 years was estimated to be 96,500 persons, or 19.9% of the population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005. There were 590 more children aged 0-14 years at 30 June 2004. A decade ago there were 9,500 more children aged 0-14 years in Tasmania (at 30 June 1995) and at that time they comprised 22.4% of the total population. At 30 June 2005, there were 105.2 males for every 100 females in this age range.

The statistical division with the highest proportion of its population in the 0-14 age group was Southern (21.0%), followed by Mersey-Lyell (20.4%), Northern (20.1%) and Greater Hobart (19.3%).

The local government areas with the highest proportion of children aged 0-14 years were Brighton (27.2%), Circular Head (23.0%) and West Coast (22.9%).
The local government areas with the lowest proportion of children aged 0-14 years were Hobart (15.3%), King Island (16.5%) and Glamorgan/Spring Bay (17.2%).

Population aged 15-64 years

The population aged 15-64 years was estimated to be 318,300 persons, or 65.6% of the population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005. There were 2,100 fewer persons aged 15-64 years at 30 June 2004. A decade ago there were 10,800 fewer persons aged 15-64 years in Tasmania (at 30 June 1995), and at that time they comprised 65.0% of the total population. At 30 June 2005, there were 99.0 males for every 100 females in this age range.

The statistical division of Greater Hobart had the highest proportion of its population in the 15-64 age group (66.5%), followed by Northern (65.3%), Southern (65.1%) and Mersey-Lyell (64.5%).

The local government areas with the highest proportion of persons aged 15-64 years were Hobart (71.1%), King Island (67.2%) and West Coast (66.4%). The local government areas with the lowest proportion of persons aged 15-64 were Dorset (62.1%), Glamorgan/Spring Bay (62.2%) and Tasman (62.8%).

Population aged 65 years and over

The population aged 65 years and over was estimated to be 70,400 persons, or 14.5% of the population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005. There were 1,600 fewer persons aged 65 years and over at 30 June 2004. A decade ago there were 11,000 fewer persons aged 65 years and over in Tasmania (at 30 June 1995), and at that time they comprised 12.6% of the total population. At 30 June 2005, there were 81.5 males for every 100 females in this age range.

The statistical division with the highest proportion of its population in the 65 years and over age group was Mersey-Lyell (15.1%) followed by Northern (14.6%), Greater Hobart (14.2%) and Southern (13.9%).

The local government areas with the highest proportion of persons aged 65 years or more were Glamorgan/Spring Bay (20.6%), Tasman (19.2%) and Break O'Day (17.6%). The local government areas with the lowest proportion of persons aged 65 years or more were Brighton (7.0%), West Coast (10.7%) and Kentish (11.9%).

Population aged 85 years and over

The population aged 85 years and over was estimated to be 8,100 persons, or 1.7% of the population of Tasmania at 30 June 2005. There were 360 fewer persons aged 85 years and over at 30 June 2004. A decade ago there were 3,100 fewer persons aged 85 years or more in Tasmania (at 30 June 1995), and at that time they comprised 1.1% of the total population. At 30 June 2005, there were 44.1 males for every 100 females in this age range.

The statistical divisions of Greater Hobart, Northern and Mersey-Lyell all had 1.7% of their populations aged 85 years and over, with the equivalent proportion in the Southern Statistical Division being 1.3%.

The local government areas with the highest proportion of persons aged 85 or more were Flinders (3.2%), Glamorgan/Spring Bay (2.6%), Central Coast (2.1%) and Tasman (2.1%). The local government areas with the lowest proportion of persons aged 85 years and over were Brighton (0.7%) and George Town (0.7%), Kentish (0.8%) and West Coast (0.8%).


SEX RATIO

At 30 June 2005 there were 6,400 more females than males in Tasmania, or 97.4 males for every 100 females. This compares to 99.0 males for every 100 females in the total Australian population. In 1995 there were 98.4 males for every 100 females in Tasmania.

The Southern Statistical Division was the only statistical division in Tasmania at 30 June 2005 to have more males than females (106.9 males for every 100 females). Mersey-Lyell had 98.0 males for every 100 females, Northern had 97.4, and Greater Hobart had 95.5.

The local government areas with the highest number of males per 100 females were Flinders (120.9), Central Highlands (116.6) and King Island (116.0). The local government areas with the lowest number of males per 100 females were Devonport (93.0), Glenorchy (94.0) and Launceston (94.2).


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