Tasmanians still low earners

Tasmanians continue to earn the lowest wages in the country.

Data from last year's Census shows the average income is $500 a week.

That compares to more than $900 a week in the ACT which has the highest wages.

Australian Bureau of Statistics spokesman Glen Sward says Tasmania's low wages are partially offset by cheap housing.

"We lead the nation in terms of the proportion of households owning their own homes," he said.

"The median monthly household repayment of $1,300 was significantly lower than the national figure of $1,800 per month.

"The median weekly rent is $200 per week, compared with the national figure of $285 per week." Faith gap The Census also revealed Tasmanians were the least religious people in the nation.

Almost one in three Tasmanians do not follow a religion.

Mr Sward says there has been a big drop in religious followers since the 2006 Census.

"'No religion' replaced 'Anglican' as the most selected answer to the question on religious affiliation," he said.

"Nearly 142,000, or 29 per cent of Tasmanians, said they had no religious beliefs.

"This was an increase of 40 per cent from the previous census."

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