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In 2010-11, the population of all four Tasmanian SDs increased. The fastest growth was in Greater Hobart SD (1.0%), followed by Southern SD (0.8%), Northern SD (0.4%) and Mersey-Lyell SD (0.2%), however all four SDs had slower growth than the previous year. The largest growth was in Greater Hobart (up 2,100 people), followed by Northern (630), Southern (290) and Mersey-Lyell (210). Greater Hobart accounted for 42% of Tasmania's population, followed by Northern (28%), Mersey-Lyell (22%) and Southern (7%). In the five years to June 2011, Greater Hobart's share of Tasmania's population increased while the shares in Northern and Mersey-Lyell declined slightly.
In the year to June 2011, around two-thirds of Tasmania's LGAs experienced population growth. The largest municipal population change occurred in the south of the state, with Kingborough (M) growing by 680 people, Brighton (M) by 310 and Sorell (M) by 250. All of these LGAs are within commuting distance of the Hobart central business district.
Latrobe (M) in the state's north, was the fastest-growing Tasmanian LGA in 2010-11, with an increase of 2.3%. The next fastest municipal growth occurred in the south of the state in Kingborough (M) (2.0%), Brighton (M) and Sorell (M) (both 1.9%).
POPULATION CHANGE IN TASMANIAN CITIES
All six Tasmanian cities experienced population growth in the year to June 2011. Clarence (C), on the eastern shore of Hobart's Derwent River, had the largest increase (660 people), followed by Launceston (C) (250), in Tasmania's central north, and Hobart (C) (150). Clarence (C) was also the city with the fastest growth (1.2%), followed by Devonport (C) (0.4%), in the north of the state, and Launceston (C) (0.4%).
POPULATION CHANGE IN WEST COAST MINING AND NORTH-WESTERN FARMING REGIONS
The population of Mersey-Lyell SD, which includes north-western farming regions, grew slightly in 2010-11, increasing by 210 people (or 0.2%). Of the LGAs located in Mersey-Lyell SD, around half experienced population growth in the year to June 2011. These included Latrobe (M) (up by 2.3%), Devonport (C) (0.4%), Burnie (C) and Central Coast (M) (both 0.2%).
The population of the West Coast (M) LGA, which contains many of Tasmania's mines, decreased by 2.1% in the year to June 2011.
At June 2011, the population density of Tasmania was 7.5 people per square kilometre (sq km). The capital city SD of Greater Hobart had a population density of 160 people per sq km, the lowest of any Australian state capital.
The most densely populated SLAs in Greater Hobart SD at June 2011 were Hobart (C) - Inner (810 people per sq km) and Hobart (C) - Remainder (640). Sorell (M) - Pt A, to the east of the city, was the least densely populated at 49 people per sq km.
Hobart (C) - Inner, had the largest increase in population density in the capital city SD from June 2010 to June 2011, increasing by 23 people per sq km. Kingborough (M) - Pt A had the next largest increase (up 2.3 people per sq km). The population density of all SLAs in Greater Hobart SD increased over this period.
CENTRE OF POPULATION
Tasmania's centre of population at June 2011 was in Woods Lake in the LGA of Central Highlands (M). In the five years to June 2011, the centre moved roughly 1.2 kilometres south-east, reflecting continued population growth in Hobart.
For Greater Hobart SD, the centre of population at June 2011 was near the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, in the suburb of Queens Domain.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS
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