Population of South Canterbury DHB

South Canterbury District Health Board serves a population of 59,210 people (2016/17 estimate).

  • 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 when compared to the national average.

Population by age, 2016/17

South Canterbury’s population tends to be much older than the national average, and as such they receive more funding for the older more expensive element of their population compared to the average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2016/17
00–09 12.1% 13.3%
10–19 11.8% 13.0%
20–29 10.3% 14.2%
30–39 9.7% 12.3%
40–49 12.7% 13.2%
50–59 14.7% 13.1%
60–69 13.6% 10.6%
70–79 9.3% 6.6%
80–89 4.8% 3.0%
90+ 0.9% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2016/17

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

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2016/17
Other 90.6% 77.7%
Māori 8.4% 15.8%
Pacific 1.0% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2016/17

South Canterbury has a low proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population when compared to the national average.

For South Canterbury DHB, 18% of people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 24% are in quintile 2. 26% are in quintile 3. 23% 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.

More information

Contact South Canterbury DHB

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

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