Population of Whanganui DHB

Whanganui District Health Board serves a population of 64,550 people (2018/19 projection).

  • Whanganui’s population tends to be older than the national average.
  • Whanganui has a higher proportion of Māori living there compared to the national average and a lower proportion of Pacific people.
  • Whanganui has proportionally many more people in the more deprived section of the population than in the less deprived sections.

Population by age, 2018/19

Whanganui’s population tends to be older than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 13.8% 12.8%
10–19 12.7% 12.8%
20–29 11.5% 15.1%
30–39 10.4% 12.9%
40–49 11.0% 12.4%
50–59 13.9% 12.8%
60–69 12.7% 10.5%
70–79 8.9% 7.0%
80–89 4.2% 3.0%
90+ 0.8% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

Whanganui has a higher proportion of Māori living there compared to the national average and a lower proportion of Pacific people.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2018/19
Other 70.6% 77.8%
Māori 26.8% 15.7%
Pacific 2.6% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

Whanganui has proportionally many more people in the more deprived section of the population than in the less deprived sections.

For Whanganui DHB, 5,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 6,000 are in quintile 2. 13,000 are in quintile 3. 17,000 are in quintile 4. And 24,000 are in quintile 5, the most deprived quintile.

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.

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