Hobart streaks ahead in population growth

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Hobart streaks ahead in population growth

By SEAN FORD

Aug. 30, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

TASMANIA’S South has been easily outstripping the other regions on population growth.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found Greater Hobart alone  added 10,300 people in the five years to the end of June 2012, while the entire rest of the state gained 8700.

The Southern federal seat of Franklin gained 6930 residents in the five years, according to ABS  figures out today.

Hobart seat Denison gained a further 2550.

In the same period, population grew by just 2319 in the North-West and West Coast seat of Braddon and by 2815 in Bass, which takes in Launceston and much of the North.

Largely rural Lyons – the state’s biggest electorate – gained 4457 people in the period.

Despite the growth, Franklin was actually the least populous federal electorate in the country, with 100,663 people.

Fraser, in the ACT, had more than 202,000.

Nationally, population grew by 1.9 million to 22.7 million in the five-year period.

Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland each  gained more than 450,000 people in that period.

Tasmania gained 19,071, taking state population to 512,333.

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