3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014-15 Quality Declaration 
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TASMANIA

STATE SUMMARY

Tasmania's estimated resident population grew by 1,900 people to reach 516,600 in the year ending June 2015, an increase of 0.4%. This was the equal lowest rate of growth (along with Northern Territory) of all states and territories.

POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, Tasmania - 2014-15

Diagram: POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, Tasmania - 2014-15

REGIONAL VARIATIONS

Between 2014 and 2015, the population increased in three of the four Tasmanian SA4s. The largest growth was in Hobart (up by 1,700 people), followed by South East (130) and Launceston and North East (110). West and North West was the only SA4 in Tasmania to decline (down by 90 people). Hobart also had the fastest growth in the state over the year, increasing by 0.8%, followed by South East (0.3%). Of all the states and territories, Tasmania had the highest proportion of its population residing outside the Greater Capital City (57%) at June 2015.

Hobart

All ten of the SA2s with the largest growth in Tasmania in the year to June 2015 were located in Greater Hobart. Kingston Beach - Blackmans Bay, in Hobart's south, had the largest growth (up by 220 people), followed by Rokeby (160) and Howrah - Tranmere (140), both in the east. Within Hobart, the fastest-growing SA2s were Rokeby (up by 2.8%), Old Beach - Otago (2.5%) and Kingston Beach - Blackmans Bay (2.1%). The largest decline was in the SA2 of Hobart, down by 60 people.

Launceston and North East

Within Launceston and North East, the largest growth from 2014 to 2015 was north-west of Launceston in the SA2 of Riverside (up by 80 people). This was followed by Prospect Vale - Blackstone to the south-west of Launceston and Legana to the north-west, which grew by 60 people each. Hadspen - Carrick was the fastest-growing SA2 in Launceston and North East, increasing by 1.5%. This was followed by Legana, increasing by 1.4%. The largest decline was in Newnham - Mayfield, down by 80 people. The fastest decline was in Northern Midlands, down by 1.7%.

West and North West

The SA2s with the fastest growth in West and North West were Quoiba - Spreyton (up 1.6%), Miandetta - Don (1.4%), and Acton - Upper Burnie (1.4%). These SA2s also had the largest growth in the region (all up by 50 people). The population of Devonport had the largest decline (down by 100 people) while the fastest decline occurred in King Island, down by 2.0%.

South East

Within South East, the largest growth was in the SA2 of Huonville - Franklin, which increased by 60 people. This was followed by Cygnet which is also in the Huon Valley, which grew by 50 people and Southern Midlands (40 people). The largest and fastest decline was in Geeveston - Dover, down by 30 people (down 0.8%).

SA2s WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH
(a), Tasmania

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2015p
2014r-2015p
SA2
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Kingston Beach - Blackmans Bay
10 300
220
2.1
Rokeby
5 900
160
2.8
Howrah - Tranmere
10 300
140
1.4
Kingston - Huntingfield
11 300
120
1.1
Dodges Ferry - Lewisham
7 500
120
1.7

FASTEST GROWTH

Rokeby
5 900
160
2.8
Old Beach - Otago
4 100
100
2.5
Kingston Beach - Blackmans Bay
10 300
220
2.1
Brighton - Pontville
5 100
90
1.7
Dodges Ferry - Lewisham
7 500
120
1.7

(a) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of population change are based on unrounded numbers.


POPULATION DENSITY

At June 2015, the population density of Tasmania was 7.6 people per square kilometre (sq km). The capital city SA4 of Hobart had the highest population density in the state by far, at 130 people per sq km, followed by Launceston and North East (7.2).

The most densely-populated SA2s within Greater Hobart were West Moonah (2,200 people per sq km), Moonah (1,900) and Sandy Bay (1,700).

Outside of Hobart, South Launceston (1,700 people per sq km), Acton - Upper Burnie (1,600), Newstead and Devonport (both 1,400) had the highest population densities.

The SA2 in Tasmania with the largest increase in population density between 2014 and 2015 was West Moonah (up by 30 people per sq km), while the largest decrease was in Devonport (down by 9.2 people per sq km).

POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Hobart - June 2015

Diagram: POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Hobart - June 2015


CENTRE OF POPULATION

Tasmania's centre of population at June 2015 was in Woods Lake, in the Central Highlands SA2. In the ten years to 2015, the centre moved 2.1 kilometres south-east, reflecting continued population growth in Greater Hobart.

For Greater Hobart, the centre of population at June 2015 was in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, in the suburb of Queens Domain.