What is Tasmania’s population?
More than half of the state’s population of just over 3.6 million is under the age of 30, and the rate of growth has accelerated in recent years.
But while Tasmania’s overall population is rising rapidly, its young people are being pushed out by rising costs and an ageing population.
The population of Tasmania is predicted to hit 1.1 million by 2060, and more than one in three of its children is living in poverty, the Tasmanian Department of Statistics and Research said.
“Young people are not in the job market, and they are not moving up the income ladder,” Professor Chris Williams, the state director of the Ageing Australia Institute, said.
Tasmania’s population growth rate is at its fastest in nearly two decades, and it is set to accelerate in the next five years, according to the Department of Population and Social Planning.
Professor Williams said young people in Tasmania had been squeezed by a “triple whammy of high education costs, the ageing population and high poverty rates”.
“There is no doubt there are a lot of young people out there looking for a better life but they’re not getting it,” he said.
The rate of population growth in Tasmania has risen from just over one per cent in 2000 to more than four per cent now.
And it is projected to continue to rise in the coming years.
Tassie’s population is projected at just under 1.2 million by 2050.
The department said Tasmania’s unemployment rate is now one of the highest in the country, at 12.5 per cent.
But the department also said it was hopeful the current level of unemployment would fall below the state average over the next few years.
Professor Simon Trewavas, the director of policy and research at the Age Australia Institute told the ABC Tasmania was a place where you could live and work and do the things you like.
“It’s a very happy place to be in, I mean it’s a beautiful place,” he told the broadcaster.
“And people are very happy to be here, and I think that’s one of those reasons Tasmania has been able to attract so many younger people and so many people in their 30s and 40s.”
Professor Williams says Tasmania’s ageing population was one of several factors that led to the recent population growth.
He said Tasmania had seen the slowest growth in population growth since the late 1970s, when the population peaked at just over 2.5 million.
“I think Tasmania is just a case in point,” he added.
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