Population of Canterbury DHB

Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 578,290 people (2020/21 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, 2020/21

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

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2020/21
00–09 11.7% 12.6%
10–19 12.5% 13.0%
20–29 14.1% 13.9%
30–39 14.0% 13.6%
40–49 12.6% 12.3%
50–59 13.0% 12.7%
60–69 10.7% 10.8%
70–79 7.2% 7.3%
80–89 3.3% 3.2%
90+ 0.7% 0.7%

Ethnic mix, 2020/21

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

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2020/21
Other 87.4% 76.7%
Māori 9.8% 16.6%
Pacific 2.8% 6.7%

Deprivation, 2020/21

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, around 177,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). Around 129,000 are in quintile 2. Around 115,000 are in quintile 3. Around 103,000 are in quintile 4. And around 55,000 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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