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Results - data and trends

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  • The Census data were collected on April 3, 1991, March 5, 1996, March 6, 2001, March 5, 2006 and March 5, 2013.

The graph shows that the population in the Waikato region grew faster than the national average between 2006 and 2013. The per cent change was calculated using current boundaries so is not affected by boundary changes in the former Franklin District in 2010. In previous periods the Waikato population grew slower than the national average. 

The Waikato population growth rate slowed from 6.8 per cent from 2001 to 2006 to 6 per cent from 2006 to 2013. Expressed as an annual average, the growth rates were 1.3 and 0.8 per cent respectively. The national average population growth rate slowed from 7.8 per cent (1.5 per cent annually) to 5.3 per cent (0.7 per cent annually) over the same periods.

Graph showing percent population increase for Waikato region and New Zealand

The following chart shows the population growth in each territorial authority in the Waikato region, using current 2013 boundaries. Waikato District grew the fastest (10.1 per cent) between 2006 and 2013. Waipa District grew 9.8 per cent and Hamilton City, 9.3 per cent. The lowest growth rate was in Waitomo District, where the population decreased by 5.4 per cent. South Waikato District decreased by 2.5 per cent. Otorohanga District saw population decline in previous periods but grew 0.7 per cent between 2006 and 2013.



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