Knowing about the structure of our region's population helps us anticipate infrastructure needs around the region. For example, large numbers of children in an area will create a demand for schools and parks with adventure playgrounds. Areas with older residents may need parks with more sedentary activities available, or better public transport services.
Under-use of existing infrastructure in some areas and over-demand in others leads to environmental inefficiency.
Our region's general population is ageing, with a bulge of people in the 40 to 55 year age group. About half (53 percent) of the people living in our region are aged 35 years and older. In 2001 only 49 per cent of residents were over 35 years.
Our region's general population is ageing, with a bulge of people in the 40 to 55 year age group. About half (53 percent) of the people living in our region are aged 35 years and older. In 2001 only 49% of residents were over 35 years.
While there are more females than males overall (100 females per 95 males), there are more males than females under 25 years old (100 males to 97 females). The difference is largest in the over-85-years age group where there are only 58 males per 100 females.
In 1991, 18% of the Waikato region's population identified as belonging to the Maori ethnic group. This increased to 21% in 2013. Our region's Maori population is youthful - 44% of Maori are less than 20 years old, and 64% are less than 35 years old.
There are no relevant Waikato Regional Council Technical Reports currently available.
This indicator is updated every five years.
Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate