The population of the Glamorgan Spring Bay local government area is 4,190 people, which is 0.85% of Tasmania’s population. Indigenous people make up 4% of the population and live mainly in Triabunna and Orford. Eighty four percent (84%) of the population is born in Australia. The population remained stable between the 2006 and 2011 census but the percentage of females to males has increased. The population is ageing and the median age is 53 years compared to 40 years for Tasmania. The average number of persons per household is 2.1 and the average number of children per family is 1.9. There is a high percentage of couples without children, which reflects the age of the community.
The main townships include Bicheno, Coles Bay, Swansea, Triabunna, Orford and Buckland. Triabunna has the largest population, followed closely by Bicheno. Swansea has the highest median age and Triabunna the lowest. Swansea has the highest percentage of females.
Bicheno 853 persons (Up from 640 in 2006 census)
3.5% Indigenous Persons
Orford 518 persons (Down from 553 in 2006 census)
5.0% Indigenous persons
Swansea 771 persons (Down from 840 in 2006 census)
3.2% Indigenous persons
Triabunna 895 persons (Down from 959 in 2006 census)
6.8% Indigenous persons
Most town centres have a focus on employment in tourism, fishing, grazing and aquaculture, with a more recent focus on cash cropping including viticulture, olives and walnuts.
Income generally is lower than Tasmania and Australia. 17.5% of employed persons work in accommodation and food services and 4.7% in farming. Tourism has overtaken the traditional farming sector as the main source of employment. Tourism attracts 17.4% of Tasmania’s interstate visitors, with Swansea and Bicheno having the highest market share. Intrastate visitation is strong, with 55% of dwellings across the municipality being holiday homes. During holiday periods the population more than doubles and this has implications for infrastructure and service provision. The highest numbers of holiday dwellings are in Coles Bay and Orford.