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Ruapehu District

Five year age groups

There were 162 people over the age of 85 living in Ruapehu District in 2018, with largest age group being 5 to 9 year olds.

The Age Structure of Ruapehu District provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of Ruapehu District's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture Ruapehu District's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Households and Dwelling Type.


Derived from the Census question:

'When were you born?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Age structure - Five year age groups
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
0 to 49007.36.41,0028.56.9-102
5 to 99998.17.09367.96.7+63
10 to 148166.66.68287.06.9-12
15 to 197055.76.57986.77.2-93
20 to 246575.36.67056.06.8-48
25 to 298466.96.56725.75.5+174
30 to 347115.85.76245.35.2+87
35 to 396425.25.36815.85.5-39
40 to 446635.45.67416.36.4-78
45 to 497746.36.37806.66.7-6
50 to 548526.96.59007.67.2-48
55 to 599067.46.98677.36.4+39
60 to 649067.46.17386.25.8+168
65 to 697416.05.65524.75.1+189
70 to 745164.24.64263.64.1+90
75 to 793272.73.42612.23.1+66
80 to 841741.42.31651.42.3+9
85 and over1621.32.21651.42.1-3
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Very high
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the five year age groups of Ruapehu District in 2018 compared to Manawatu-Wanganui Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 22.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 14, and 15.6% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 20.0% and 18.0% respectively for Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

The major differences between the age structure of Ruapehu District and Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (7.4% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (8.1% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (7.3% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 20 to 24 (5.3% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Ruapehu District's population increased by 456 people (3.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.76% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2013 and 2018 were in the age groups:

  • 65 to 69 (+189 persons)
  • 25 to 29 (+174 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+168 persons)
  • 0 to 4 (-102 persons)

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