Population of Canterbury DHB

Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 543,820 people (2016/17 estimate).

  • Canterbury’s population is fairly similar to the national average in terms of age, but with a slightly higher proportion of people aged 40 and over.
  • Canterbury has a lower proportion of Māori and Pacific people in comparison to the national average.
  • Canterbury has a relatively high proportion of people in the least deprived section of the population compared to the national average, whilst the most deprived section is under-represented.

Population by age, 2016/17

Canterbury’s population is fairly similar to the national average, but with a slightly higher proportion of people aged 40 and over.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2016/17
00–09 12.4% 13.3%
10–19 12.5% 13.0%
20–29 14.2% 14.2%
30–39 12.2% 12.3%
40–49 13.6% 13.2%
50–59 13.6% 13.1%
60–69 10.9% 10.6%
70–79 6.7% 6.6%
80–89 3.2% 3.0%
90+ 0.7% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2016/17

Canterbury has a lower proportion of Māori and Pacific people in comparison to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2016/17
Other 88.4% 77.7%
Māori 9.1% 15.8%
Pacific 2.5% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2016/17

Canterbury has a relatively high proportion of people in the least deprived section of the population compared to the national average, whilst the most deprived section is under-represented.

For Canterbury DHB, 31% of people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 22% are in quintile 2. 20% are in quintile 3. 18% are in quintile 4. And 9% are in quintile 5 (the most deprived).

Deprivation is reported in ‘quintiles’. Quintile 1 represents the least deprived section of the population whilst quintile 5 represents the most deprived section.

Nationally, each quintile represents 20% of the population. The percentages in each quintile will vary for each DHB.

  • If a DHB has more than 20% of people within a quintile, it means there are more people in that deprivation group than the national average.
  • If it has less than 20% of people within a quintile, it means there are fewer people in that deprivation group than the national average.

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