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Ruapehu District

Service age groups

Ruapehu District had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of people at post retirement age than Manawatu-Wanganui Region in 2018.

The Age Structure of the population is the most widely used component of the Census. It is an indicator of an area’s residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future. Ruapehu District's age demographics are indicative of the area’s era of settlement and provide key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities (as most services and facilities are age-specific).

Service age groups divide the population into age categories that reflect typical life-stages. They indicate the level of demand for services that target people at different stages in life and how that demand is changing.

To get a more complete picture of Ruapehu District's demographic characteristics, Ruapehu District's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.


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 - Service age groups
Ruapehu District - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9007.36.41,0028.56.9-102
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)1,38911.39.81,25110.69.4+138
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)8707.17.81,0148.68.6-144
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)9187.59.11,0058.59.7-87
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,55712.612.21,29610.910.8+261
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,07916.917.22,20518.618.7-126
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,76114.313.41,76714.913.6-6
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,64713.411.71,29010.910.9+357
Seniors (70 to 84)1,0238.310.38527.29.5+171
Elderly aged (85 and over)1651.32.21651.42.10
Total population12,309100.0100.011,847100.0100.0+462
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service 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 (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 25.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 23.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.0% and 24.1% respectively for Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (13.4% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)' (11.3% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.3% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.5% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Ruapehu District's population increased by 462 people (3.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.77% per year over the period.

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

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+357 persons)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+261 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+171 persons)
  • Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17) (-144 persons)

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