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Selwyn Stats & Facts

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The following statistics are drawn from various sources, using the latest data where available. Statistics data is based on the 2013 Census, or any updates if published.

Other useful links:

Selwyn district quarterly economic report: www.selwyn.govt.nz/services/economic-development

Statistics NZ: http://www.stats.govt.nz/


Population

Population and population growth estimates

2016(1 July)Est. 2025
   
Total Selwyn district 53,830 67,228
Townships
Rolleston 13,287 17,997
Lincoln 5,998 9,190
Prebbleton 4,318 5,174
West Melton 1,884 2,256
Tai Tapu 566 610
Springston 484 528
Darfield 2,957 3,562
Leeston 2,250 2,849
Coalgate/Glentunnel/Whitecliffs 1,099 1,236
Doyleston 364 498
Dunsandel 496 529
Hororata 262 299
Kirwee 1,174 1,453
Sheffield/Waddington 584 621
Southbridge 959 1,030
Springfield 473 521
   
Rural (including Burnham Military Camp) 16,677 19,375

(Source: Selwyn District Council population projections 2016)

Households

Number of rateable properties in the district (2016) 23,882
(Source: Selwyn District Council)

Number of occupied private dwellings (est. 2013) 15,228
(Sources: Statistics New Zealand)


Demographics

(Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census)

Selwyn district population by age

Age group (years)MaleFemaleTotal
0–4 1,575 1,452 3,030
5–9 1,812 1,767 3,579
10–14 1,698 1,626 3,327
15–19 1,827 1,587 3,414
20–24 1,455 1,101 2,556
25–29 1,044 960 2,007
30–34 1,026 1,218 2,244
35–39 1,452 1,605 3,054
40–44 1,911 2,028 3,939
45–49 1,899 1,896 3,795
50–54 1,770 1,677 3,450
55–59 1,497 1,392 2,889
60–64 1,248 1,239 2,487
65–69 1,023 912 1,935
70–74 693 645 1,335
75–79 387 369 759
80–84 243 240 480
85 and over 147 177 324
Total people 22,710 21,885 44,595

  • The median age (half are younger, and half older, than this age) is 38.7 years for people in Selwyn District. For New Zealand as a whole, the median age is 38.0 years.
  • 10.8% of people in Selwyn District are aged 65 years and over, compared with 14.3% of the total New Zealand population.
  • 22.3% of people are aged under 15 years in Selwyn District, compared with 20.4% for all of New Zealand.

Maori population

3,036 Maori usually live in Selwyn District, approximately 7% of the population as at the 2013 census. This represented an increase of 1,029 people, or 51.3 percent, from the 2006 Census.

Major ethnic groups

European 91.9%
Maori 7.0%
Pacific peoples 1.2%
Asian 3.2%
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 0.6%
Other 2.3%

Note: Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. As a result percentages do not add up to 100.


Economy

Economic Growth

GDP year to March 2016 $1,819 million

GDP growth 2015 to 2016 3.6% (compared to NZ 2.4%)

GDP growth over 5 years 6.6% - the highest of any district in New Zealand

Work and business in Selwyn district

(2015 data)

16,190 employees

5,988 businesses

Building

Residential buildings consents issued year to September 2016: 1,060

(September 2015: 1,227)

Growth in residential buildings consents 5 years 2011-2016: 28% (highest in NZ)

Tourism

Tourism guest nights year to September 2016: 91,846

(September 2015: 93,963)

Change 2015 to 2016: 2.3% decrease

(Sources: Statistics NZ, Infometrics, Selwyn District Council)


Land

Selwyn district: land area

6,420 square kilometres (642,000 hectares)


Last updated November 2016

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