Population data for Australia
The latest Census figures have revealed the population of Tasmania as 7,832,837, a rise of 4.3 per cent over the past five years.
The figure was also up 0.7 per cent from the same period a year ago.
Tasmania’s total population was 9,086,902 in the last Census.
The latest figures showed Tasmania’s population of 4,852,094 increased by 2.7 percentage points to 6,093,567.
Tasmania also had the highest growth in population for the past decade at 8.3.
Source: ABS/Catalina-Marin data series (June 2018).
Tasmania’s share of the total population fell from 15.3 to 13.2 per cent, or 3.6 per cent.
Tasmania recorded its largest growth in the population over the previous five years at the rate of 4 per cent to 7.1 per cent in 2016.
Tasmania was the only state to record a decline of more than 0.3 percentage points over the five-year period.
Tasmania has been a regional economy since the late 1980s.
The last census, in 1996, saw Tasmania lose its status as the third-largest state in the country.
Tasmania gained its position as a regional and inner-urban economy in the mid-1990s.
It was the first state to be included in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ population and growth data for the mid 1990s.
However, in 2016, Tasmania’s growth rate fell to 3.9 per cent and it has since fallen to 2.9 percent in the most recent census.
The census shows Tasmania’s regional and urban growth rate is also down compared with a decade ago.
The regional and city growth rates of Victoria and South Australia have both been higher in recent years.
Tasmania grew by 3.5 per cent for the five years ending in April 2018.
In contrast, the metropolitan growth rate of Sydney fell by 0.8 per cent during that time.
Tasmania is one of the states to have the highest increase in population over five years for the first time since 2011.
The Victorian and South Australian metropolitan growth rates also rose from the previous census, rising by 0,5 and 1.9 percentage points respectively.
Tasmania experienced its largest decline in population in the decade ending in March 2018.
Tasmania currently accounts for almost one in four of Australia’s population growth.
Source, ABS/Census data series: ABS.