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Demographics

All statistics relate to the Hobart Local Government Area, sourced from the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data (2011).

Total Population

Hobart's population has been steadily increasing since 1996. This trend is expected to continue.

Year Total
1991 47,106
1996 46,676
2001 47,319
2006 47,700
2011     48,703

% increase 1991 - 2011 is 3.4%

Age

The median age of the Hobart population is 38 years. The number of people aged over 65 years is increasing as the post war 'baby-boomers' reach retirement age.

No. People aged 15 years and over

Year Percentage % Total
1991 83 39,122
1996 83.4 38,939
2001 84.4 39,939
2006 86.1 41,078
2011 85.3 41,564

No. People aged 65 years and over

Year Percentage % Total
1991 14.8 6,959
1996 14.1 6,599
2001 14 6,665
2006 13.9 6,620
2011 14.8 7,185 

Origin

The Hobart population is made up of a mix of cultures, however the prominent nationality remains Australian. The number of people born overseas has gained momentum since 2006. The number of Indigenous persons has steadily increased, even during the period of population decline in the mid nineties.

Indigenous People

Year Percentage % Total
1991 0.8 365
1996 1.2 553
2001 1.3 608
2006 1.2 581
2011 1.2 601

People born in Australia

Year Percentage % Total
1991 80 37,519
1996 78.4 36,613
2001 76.7 36,291
2006 75.8 36,152
2011 74.2 36,114

People born overseas

Year Percentage % Total
1991 17.4 8,209
1996 16.7 7,809
2001 17 8,025
2006 18.5 8,802
2011 21 10,204

People who speak English only

Year Percentage  % Total
1991 88.4 41,647
1996 87.4 40,787
2001 86 40,654
2006 85 40,533
2011 82.8 40,334

Unemployment

Hobart's unemployment rate has been steadily falling since 1991. Recent figures indicate that this trend is still continuing and with the current economic climate being positive, it is expected that this trend will continue in future years.  The most recent unemployment rate for Tasmania (September 2015) shows a fall from 7.5 to 6.6% over the last 12 months. 

Year Total
1991 2,544
1996 2,060
2001 1,820
2006 1,424
2011 1,429

Education

The number of people participating in higher education programs is increasing in all levels of education.

Indicates level of education achieved higher than Year 12 for persons aged 15 years and over

Level of education 1991 1996 2001 2006  2011
Postgraduate Degree 983 1,292 1,621 2,215 3,335
Graduate Diploma or Certificate 670 1,035 1,031 1,164 1,523
Bachelor Degree 4,607 6,055 7,504 8,910 9,901
Advanced Diploma and Diploma 2,870 3,003 2,951 3,321 3,386 
Certificate III and IV 2,575 2,643 3,556 3,925 4,178 
Certificate I and II 1,338 1,069 800 409 415 

Religion

10 most common religious affiliations

Type Total Persons
1. No religion 18,284
2. Anglican 9,217
3. Catholic 8,602
4. Uniting Church 1,463
5. Buddhism 948
6. Presbyterian and Reformed 915
7. Greek Orthodox 673
8. Other Religious Affiliation 603
9. Hinduism 399
10.Baptist 375

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711
Email coh@hobartcity.com.au

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001