Population of West Coast DHB

West Coast District Health Board serves a population of 32,410 people (2018/19 projection).

  • West Coast’s population tends to be significantly older than the national average.
  • West Coast has a lower proportion of Māori living there compared to the national average and very few Pacific people.
  • West Coast has proportionally more people in the middle sections of the population, and fewer in the most and least deprived sections.

Population by age, 2018/19

West Coast’s population tends to be significantly older than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 12.6% 12.8%
10–19 11.5% 12.8%
20–29 10.0% 15.1%
30–39 10.5% 12.9%
40–49 12.7% 12.4%
50–59 16.3% 12.8%
60–69 13.8% 10.5%
70–79 8.8% 7.0%
80–89 3.4% 3.0%
90+ 0.5% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

West Coast has a lower proportion of Māori living there compared to the national average and very few Pacific people.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 86.8% 77.8%
Māori 12.0% 15.7%
Pacific 1.2% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

West Coast has proportionally more people in the middle sections of the population, and fewer in the most and least deprived sections.

For West Coast DHB, 3,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 6,000 are in quintile 2. 11,000 are in quintile 3. 9,000 are in quintile 4. And 3,000 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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