Otago's population has grown by more than 8600 since 2006,
this year's census has shown.
Detailed figures released today reveal that the province is
now home to 202,467 people, up from 193,800.
Queenstown-Lakes has had the biggest population growth, from
22,959 to 28,224, while Dunedin's population has increased
from 118,683 to 120,249.
Central Otago's population has grown from 16,644 to 17,895.
The Clutha district has grown slightly, from 16,839 to 16,887
and it is a similar story in the Waitaki, where the
population has grown from 20,223 to 20,826.
New Zealand's population is now 4.24 million and is getting
older and more ethnically diverse, this year's census has
Statistics New Zealand this morning released key census
information on the country's population, its mix of ages and
sexes, and where people choose to live.
The census, held on March 5 this year, required everyone in
the country to provide key information about their
households, jobs and income.
The overall population was 4,242,048 people - up 214,101 on
th last census in 2006 - but there were fewer children under
Meanwhile, the number of people aged 50-69 years showed a
"The New Zealand population is aging, with the latest census
results showing the median age of the population is 38 years,
just over two years older than at the last census seven years
ago," Government statistician Liz MacPherson said.
"As well as being older, the New Zealand population is also
now more diverse, with an increasing Asian population, in
Almost one out of eight people living in New Zealand were
Asian, up from about one in 11 in 2006.
Nearly two-thirds of Asian people, or 307,233, live in the
Auckland region, where over one in five people are of Asian
This year's census was the first since 2006, after the
Christchurch earthquakes disrupted plans to hold a census in
More than 5.6 million individual and dwelling forms were
collected, with about 2 million of those completed online.
Today's release of key information would be followed by
regular, detailed releases over the next 18 months. The
census results also show that Hindi is now the fourth most
common language in New Zealand, after English, Maori, and
The country's total number of dwellings, both occupied and
unoccupied, increased by just over 118,000 since 2006, to top
Nearly 30 per cent of this increase was in the Auckland
While there were more dwellings, a lower proportion of
households owned their homes.
"The rate of home ownership fell to just under 65 per cent at
the 2013 census, compared with almost 67 per cent at the 2006
census," Ms MacPherson said.
The number of unoccupied dwellings increased sharply since
2006, up more than 26,000 or 16.4 per cent.
"Almost 40 percent of this increase was in Canterbury,
probably because of people leaving their dwellings after the
2010 and 2011 earthquakes," Ms MacPherson said.