Population of South Canterbury DHB

South Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 61,955 people (2020/21 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, 2020/21

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

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2020/21
00–09 11.3% 12.6%
10–19 11.6% 13.0%
20–29 10.6% 13.9%
30–39 11.3% 13.6%
40–49 11.5% 12.3%
50–59 14.0% 12.7%
60–69 13.7% 10.8%
70–79 10.3% 7.3%
80–89 4.8% 3.2%
90+ 0.9% 0.7%

Ethnic mix, 2020/21

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

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2020/21
Other 89.3% 76.7%
Māori 9.2% 16.6%
Pacific 1.5% 6.7%

Deprivation, 2020/21

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

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

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If you have questions, email [email protected].

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