Population of South Canterbury DHB

South Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 60,220 people (2018/19 projection).

  • South Canterbury’s population tends to be much older than the national average.
  • South Canterbury has low proportion of Māori and Pacific people living there compared to the national average.
  • South Canterbury has a low proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population.

Population by age, 2018/19

South Canterbury’s population tends to be much older than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 12.0% 12.8%
10–19 11.7% 12.8%
20–29 10.5% 15.1%
30–39 10.0% 12.9%
40–49 12.0% 12.4%
50–59 14.4% 12.8%
60–69 13.6% 10.5%
70–79 10.1% 7.0%
80–89 4.7% 3.0%
90+ 1.0% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

South Canterbury has low proportion of Māori and Pacific people living there compared to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 90.1% 77.8%
Māori 8.7% 15.7%
Pacific 1.2% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

South Canterbury has a low proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population.

For South Canterbury DHB, 11,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 15,000 are in quintile 2. 16,000 are in quintile 3. 14,000 are in quintile 4. And 6,000 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.

More information

Contact South Canterbury DHB

If you have questions, email ceo@scdhb.health.nz.

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