Tasmania's population seems to be
heading in the right direction!


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And what direction is that?

Up of course.

The population of Tasmania reached the half million mark in December 2008. The Premier of Tasmania recognised baby, Sophie Pettit of Glenorcy as the 500,000th person. It was her birth that got Tasmania's population to this important milestone.

Of course Sophie is not merely a number. Just ask her parents!

Zero growth in the 1990s

In the 1990s there was zero growth in the number of people living in Tasmania.

What is meant by zero growth? After adding the newcomers, and subtracting those who had gone, there was no significant change in the number.

Positive growth trends in the 2000s

In the 2000s though, it's been a different story.  Over the last few years, there has been a surge in the natural increase.

What is natural increase? It's the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths.

Net migration has been pretty strong too.

What is net migration? That's the difference between the number of people migrating out of Tasmania and the number of people migrating in to Tasmania.

Natural increase is the winner

What do you think is the biggest cause of growth in the number of residents?

Natural increase makes up just over 50 per cent of the total growth figure. Then we have the number of migrants from other countries, contributing 30 per cent. And finally there is the number of migrants from other Australian states (people from the mainland) comprising 20 per cent.

So yes, natural increase is doing well at the moment! Not quite as well as during the post Second World War II baby boom years. But it's still a good sign...

A very good sign. Because what Tasmania is used to seeing is migration figures in the negative. This means that in the past, more people migrate out of Tasmania than in to Tasmania.

Migrants from other countries

At present, Tasmania is seeing the highest numbers of incoming international migrants since 1971. For the year ending June 2008, the net international migration figure was 1,539. Since 1971, this annual figure has exceeded 1000 only six times. We have seen 5 of those 6 times since 2002.

That could mean a new trend. A good new trend.

Tasmania's 600,000th?

We are now looking forward to Tasmania's 600,000th person.

This current trend of population growth for Tasmania is good news. Good news for the Tasmanian economy, and certainly good news for those investing in Tasmania real estate.

Source of information on this page: Jackson, N.O. (2009) Tasmania's Population, www.taspop.tasbis.com (accessed 07/10/09).


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