Demographics

The following statistics provide an overview of the community in the Hobart local government area. They have been sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics census data (2016).

Total population

Hobart's population has been steadily increasing since 1996.

Year

Total

1991

47,106

1996

46,676

2001

47,319

2006

47,700

2011

48,703

2016

50,439

 

 
% increase 1991–2016 is 9.8%

Age

The median age of the Hobart population is 39 years. The number of people aged over 65 years is increasing, as the post war 'baby-boomers' reach retirement age.

Number of 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

2016 85.7 43,207

 

Number of people aged 65 years and over

Year

Percentage %

Total

1991

14.8

6,959

1996

14.1

6,599

2001

14.0

6,665

2006

13.9

6,620

2011

14.8

7,185

2016 17.0 8,584

 

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 status

Year

Percentage %

Total

1991

0.8

365

1996

1.2

553

2001

1.3

608

2006

1.2

581

2011

1.2

601

2016 1.4 707

 

People born in Australia

Year

Percentage %

Total

1991

80.0

37,519

1996

78.4

36,613

2001

76.7

36,291

2006

75.8

36,152

2011

74.2

36,114

2016  71.7  35,872

 

People born overseas

Year

Percentage %

Total

1991

17.4

8209

1996

16.7

7809

2001

17.0

8025

2006

18.5

8802

2011

22.0

10,204

2016 24.2 11,467

 

People who speak English only

Year

Percentage %

Total

1991

88.4

41,647

1996

87.4

40,787

2001

86.0

40,654

2006

85.0

40,533

2011

82.8

40,334

2016 79.1 39,877

 
The most common languages after English spoken by the community are Mandarin (3.9% of the community), Greek (0.9%), Cantonese (0.8%) and Italian (0.7%).

Education

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

(The following statistics indicate the level of education achieved higher than Year 12, for persons aged 15 years and over.)

Level of education

1991

1996

2001

2006

2011

2016

Postgraduate degree

983

1,292

1,621

2,215

3,335

4,603

Graduate diploma or certificate

670

1,035

1,031

1,164

1,523

1,801

Bachelor degree

4,607

6,055

7,504

8,910

9,901

10,779

Advanced diploma and diploma

2,870

3,003

2,951

3,321

3,386

3,543

Certificate III and IV

2,575

2,643

3,556

3,925

4,178

4,042

Certificate I and II

1,338

1,069

800

409

415

399