Population of Canterbury DHB

Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 567,870 people (2018/19 projection).

  • Canterbury’s population is fairly similar to the national average in terms of age.
  • 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, while the most deprived section is under-represented.

Population by age, 2018/19

Canterbury’s population is fairly similar to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 12.2% 12.8%
10–19 12.5% 12.8%
20–29 14.9% 15.1%
30–39 12.7% 12.9%
40–49 12.8% 12.4%
50–59 13.3% 12.8%
60–69 10.8% 10.5%
70–79 7.0% 7.0%
80–89 3.2% 3.0%
90+ 0.7% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

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

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 88.4% 77.8%
Māori 9.1% 15.7%
Pacific 2.5% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

Canterbury has a relatively high proportion of people in the least deprived section of the population, while the most deprived section is under-represented.

For Canterbury DHB, 175,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 127,000 are in quintile 2. 113,000 are in quintile 3. 100,000 are in quintile 4. And 53,000 are in quintile 5 (the most deprived).

Deprivation is reported in ‘quintiles’. Quintile 1 represents the least deprived section of the population while 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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