Population of Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board serves a population of 329,890 people (2018/19 projection).

  • Southern’s population tends to be similar to the national average in regards to age.
  • Southern has a low proportion of Māori and Pacific people living there compared to the national average.
  • Southern has a high proportion of people in the least deprived section of the population and a low proportion in the most deprived section.

Population by age, 2018/19

Southern’s population tends to be similar to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 11.7% 12.8%
10–19 13.1% 12.8%
20–29 14.8% 15.1%
30–39 11.8% 12.9%
40–49 12.2% 12.4%
50–59 13.2% 12.8%
60–69 11.4% 10.5%
70–79 7.7% 7.0%
80–89 3.4% 3.0%
90+ 0.7% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

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

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 87.8% 77.8%
Māori 10.1% 15.7%
Pacific 2.0% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

Southern has a high proportion of people in the least deprived sections of the population and a low proportion in the most deprived section.

For Southern DHB, 77,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 79,000 are in quintile 2. 69,000 are in quintile 3. 66,000 are in quintile 4. And 39,000 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 Southern DHB

If you have questions, email contactus@southerndhb.govt.nz.

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