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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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Population statistics are measures of the size, change, composition and distribution of the population as well as the components that shape population change. Although population statistics are not in themselves indicators of well-being, they underpin the discussion of a wide range of issues relating to the population, including migration, immigration, multiculturalism, ageing and population sustainability.

The changing size and distribution of Tasmania's population have implications for service provision and delivery in areas such as health, education, housing and the labour market. Population trends underlie many social changes and assist in the planning of social and economic policy.

Further information regarding ABS population statistics can be found at the Demography Theme Page.

POPULATION SUMMARY, Tasmania - As at 30 June
Units
2003
2004
2005

Size - estimated resident population (ERP)
Males
no.
235,498
237,937
239,745
Females
no.
241,807
244,299
245,931
Persons
no.
477,305
482,236
485,676
Components of change(a)
Natural increase(b)
no.
1,784
1,756
2,208
Net overseas migration(c)
no.
1,014
700
1,045
Net interstate migration
no.
1,895
2,475
187
Total change
no.
4,693
4,931
3,440
Growth rate
%
1.0
1.0
0.7
Composition
Indigenous population(d)
no.
17,800
18,100
18,300
Population aged 0-14 yrs
no.
97,354
97,071
96,672
Population aged 15-64 yrs
no.
312,554
316,276
318,571
Population aged 65 yrs and over
no.
67,397
68,889
70,433
Population aged 85 yrs and over
no.
7,562
7,686
8,075
Median age of total population(e)
years
38.1
38.4
38.7
Sex ratio of population 0-64 yrs(f)
ratio
100.6
100.4
100.5
Sex ratio of population aged 65 yrs and over(f)
ratio
80.1
80.9
81.5
Selected characteristics
Births - year ended 30 December (g)
no.
5,778
5,733
6,262p
Deaths - year ended 30 December (g)
no.
3,943
3,894
3,846p
Fertility rate(h)
rate
1.9
1.9
2.0
Standardised death rate(i)
rate
7.5
7.3
6.9
Infant mortality rate(j)
rate
5.0
6.6
3.0
Marriages - year ended 30 December (g)
no.
2,599
2,648
2,644
Divorces - year ended 30 December (g)
no.
1,336
1,404
1,346
Crude marriage rate(k)
rate
5.4
5.5
5.4
Crude divorce rate(k)
rate
2.8
2.9
2.8

p figures are preliminary and subject to revision
(a) Change from previous year.
(b) The difference between births and deaths figures based on year of occurrence.
(c) Figures have been adjusted for changes in traveller intention and multiple movement.
(d) Experimental estimated resident Indigenous population, Low series.
(e) The age at which half the population is older and half is younger.
(f) The number of males per 100 females in a given population.
(g) Figures based on year of registration of usual residence and may differ from data based on year of occurrence.
(h) The number of children a woman would bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each age of her reproductive life.
(i) Allows a comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population (in this instance all persons in the 2001 Australian population). It is the overall death rate that would have prevailed in the standard population if it had experienced at each age the death rates of the population under study.
(j) The number of deaths of children aged less than one year in a financial year per 1,000 live births in the same year.
(k) Number per 1,000 of the mid year estimated resident population.

Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0); Population by Age and Sex (cat. no. 3201.0); Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001), Marriages, Australia (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001) and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3307.0.55.001).

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