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Population Size, Distribution & Growth

The 2011 Census population count showed the 18,888 residents were evenly distributed between Meander Valley's urban and rural areas.

Meander Valley’s ageing population is expected to grow significantly, in line with rest of Tasmania. Meander Valley Council is taking a proactive role in seeking to partner with the private sector to address this issue, thereby maximising opportunities for growth in the aged care and allied health sectors.

Meander Valley Comparison Snapshot 2011 Census
 

Meander Valley

Tasmania

Australia

Male Population

48.4%

49%

49.4%

Female Population

51.6%

51%

50.6%

Age 0-14

19.3%

19.2%

19.2%

Age 15-54

49.8%

51.9%

55.2%

Age 55+

30.9%

29.0%

25.6%

Unemployed

6.0% *

7.7% *

5.7% *

Married

53.3%

47.5%

48.7%

Median Family Income ($/Weekly)

$922

$948

$1234

Couples with Children

43.1%

39.7%

44.6%

Couples Without Children

43.5%

42.1%

37.8%

One Parent Families

12.4%

17.0%

15.9%

Home Ownership or Purchasing

77.1%

70.4%

67.0%

*Source: Department of Employment - Small area labour markets Australia estimates December 2013

To read more about Meander Valley's towns and historic villages click here: Our Towns
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