Population of Waikato DHB

Waikato District Health Board serves a population of 435,690 people (2020/21 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, 2020/21

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

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2020/21
00–09 13.6% 12.6%
10–19 13.6% 13.0%
20–29 13.2% 13.9%
30–39 12.6% 13.6%
40–49 11.8% 12.3%
50–59 12.3% 12.7%
60–69 11.1% 10.8%
70–79 7.8% 7.3%
80–89 3.3% 3.2%
90+ 0.6% 0.7%

Ethnic mix, 2020/21

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, 2020/21
Other 73.0% 76.7%
Māori 24.0% 16.6%
Pacific 3.0% 6.7%

Deprivation, 2020/21

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

For Waikato DHB, around 63,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). Around 66,000 are in quintile 2. Around 89,000 are in quintile 3. Around 106,000 are in quintile 4. And around 111,000 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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