Population of Waikato DHB

Waikato District Health Board serves a population of 419,890 people (2018/19 projection).

  • The age of Waikato’s population tends to be similar to the national average.
  • Its ethnic mix includes more Māori and fewer Pacific people than the national average.
  • It has more people in the more deprived sections of the population than the less deprived sections.

Population by age, 2018/19

The age of Waikato’s population tends to be similar to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 13.9% 12.8%
10–19 13.6% 12.8%
20–29 14.5% 15.1%
30–39 11.9% 12.9%
40–49 11.9% 12.4%
50–59 12.4% 12.8%
60–69 10.7% 10.5%
70–79 7.3% 7.0%
80–89 3.1% 3.0%
90+ 0.6% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

Waikato has a higher proportion of Māori and a lower proportion of Pacific people than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 74.1% 77.8%
Māori 22.8% 15.7%
Pacific 3.1% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

Waikato has more people in the more deprived sections of the population than the less deprived sections.

For Waikato DHB, 61,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 64,000 are in quintile 2. 86,000 are in quintile 3. 102,000 are in quintile 4. And 106,000 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 Waikato DHB

If you have questions, email info@waikatodhb.health.nz.

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