Waikato District

Estimated population (2018):  77,800

Projected population change (2018-2028):  +12.1%

Median personal income:  $34,728

Population changes

<p>The Waikato District has one of the youngest age population profiles, with a comparatively higher proportion of younger age groups and lower proportion of elderly among its residents. Over the next ten years the population of children and youth (under 25 years old) is likely to increase slightly, and the population aged 65 years or more is expected to increase significantly.</p><p>&nbsp;Asian and Pasifika population groups will also likely see the most growth between 2018 and 2028, followed by Māori and European/Other.</p>


<ul><li><p>In Waikato District 51 per cent of people feel a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels. This has decreased from 65 per cent in 2016.</p></li><li><p>There has been a slight increase in the number of crime victimisations reported each year in Waikato District during the 2015-2019 period, from 328 to 364 per 10,000 population.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 64 per cent of the Waikato District population experienced a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.</p></li><li><p>There has been a slight decline in perceived community engagement, with 39 per cent of people believing that the public has some or a large influence on the decisions of council, down from 40 per cent in 2016. Voter turnout in the 2016 local authority elections saw over 33 per cent of enrolled electors casting a vote.</p></li><li><p>Waikato District has the highest proportion of te reo speakers amongst the resident Māori population, with 27 per cent of Māori able to hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo Māori.</p></li></ul>
Measure 2018 (estimated)
Children & youth (0-24) 35%
Prime working age (25-64) 52%
Older people (65+) 13%
Māori 26%
Pacific Peoples 4%
European 77%
Asian 6%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 1%
Other ethnicity 1%
Te Reo Māori speakers 7%
Own their own home 58%
Live in high deprivation 32%
Households with no motor vehicles 3%
No qualifications 21%
Level 1-5 Certificate/Diploma 60%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 20%
Involved in unpaid caring and volunteer work 27%
Experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 64%
Unemployed 6%

Information source

All information is sourced from the Waikato Vital Signs Consultancy Report, January 2020, written by the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato.

Drawing comparisons

In 2016, the pilot Waikato Vital Signs Region covered just three council areas – Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District and Hamilton City. Waikato Vital Signs 2020 includes nine districts, and for some indicators there have been changes in the data source or methodology, therefore, overall findings for some indicators are not directly comparable between the 2016 and 2020 reports.

Ethnicity distribution

People may identify with, and therefore be counted in, more than one ethnic group, so overall percentage totals can add up to more than 100.