Hobart revealed as 2011 Census data is released

21 June 2012 | TAS/31

The changing face of Hobart was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The result shows that the new Census population of Greater Hobart is 211,656, up from 201,557 in 2006 – an increase of five per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Greater Hobart is Kingborough, which now has 33,892 people up from 30,836 in 2006 – a rise of 9.9 per cent.

Housing in Greater Hobart has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $235 from $150 in 2006, an increase of 56.7 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $1,430 from $1,000 in 2006, an increase of 43.0 per cent.

ABS Tasmanian Regional Director, Glen Sward, said the 2011 Census was a great success and the results released today will help shape the future of Australia over the next five years.

“Census information is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, including Hobart, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Mr Sward said.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the city, including data on topics such as age, education, income, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and more.”

Mr Sward added that Australia’s richest source of statistical information is now available freely online.

“Census data is available for free on the ABS website, where you can find new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, that make searching Census data quick and easy.”

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.