Information for the ward based on Statistics New Zealand census and population data

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Population

Historic and current population

Estimated Population of Riccarton and Christchurch City, 2013-2016 (at 30 June annually)
Area 2013 2014 2015 2016 % change 2013-2016
Riccarton 24,400 24,800 25,600 26,800 9.8%
Christchurch City 356,700 361,900 367,800 374,900 5.1%
Note: The estimated resident population at 30 June 2013 differs from the 5 March 2013 census count for the following reasons: The estimate takes into account residents missed by the census (net undercount); it INCLUDES residents temporarily overseas on census night; and it takes into account population change (births, deaths and migration) between March and June of the same year.

Projected population: 2013 to 2043

  • This ward's population is projected to increase from an estimated 24,400 at 30 June 2013 to 27,100 by 30 June 2043. This is an overall increase of 11 percent.
  • Annual growth since 2013 has been higher than anticipated for this ward, and the estimated 2016 population (26,800) has already exceeded the projected 2018 population (25,100).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the population is projected to increase by 22 percent over the same period, from 356,700 to 436,800.
  • Expand the 'Age' topic heading below to see population projections by age.
  • View projected population data(external link), including by age, for all wards (Excel, 216KB).
Population of Riccarton and Christchurch City: Estimated (2013) and Projected (2018-2043)
Area 2013 2018 2023 2028 2033 2038 2043
Riccarton 24,400  25,100 25,600  26,000 26,400 26,800 27,100
Christchurch City  356,700  379,400  393,100  406,100  417,800  428,000  436,800
Population projections use population estimates (at 30 June 2013) as a starting point, and are an indication of future demographic change based on assumptions about future demographic behaviour. The medium series is considered by Statistics New Zealand to be the most suitable for assessing future population change.

Further information about population data

Population statistics produced by Statistics New Zealand include census counts, population estimates and population projections.

'Frequently asked questions'(external link) provides information on commonly asked questions about population statistics.

Age

Life-cycle age groups

  • The median age in 2013 was 26.9 years for people in Riccarton ward. The median age in Christchurch City was 38.6 years.
  • This ward had a much higher proportion of people aged 15-39 years than for all of Christchurch City.
  • In this ward, 11% of people were aged under 15 years, 53% were aged 15-39 years, 23% were aged 40-64 years, 7.9% were aged 65-79 years, and 4.9% were aged 80 years and over.
Age Group Estimates, 2013

Age Group Estimates, 2013


Age group projections, 2013(base)-2043

  • The city's population is ageing, and this is apparent in each of the 16 wards in Christchurch.
  • The population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from 13% to 16% of Riccarton ward's total population between 2013 and 2043.
  • The population aged 0-14 years is projected to decrease from 11% to 9.9% of the ward's total population between 2013 and 2043.
  • View estimated and projected population data, including by age, for all wards (Excel, 216KB)
Projected Age Groups, 2013(base)-2043

Projected Age Groups, 2013(base)-2043

Cultural Diversity

Ethnic groups

  • The most common ethnic group in Riccarton ward is European, with 70 percent of the population identifying with this ethnic group in 2013. This compares with 84 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • The next most common ethnic group in Riccarton ward was Asian (24%), followed by Māori (5.8%), Pacific Peoples (3.1%), MELAA (2.1%), and 'Other' (1.5%).
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].
Ethnic Groups, 2013

Ethnic Groups, 2013

Note: Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. 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. MELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin American and African. The vast majority of people counted in 'Other Ethnicity' recorded ''New Zealander'' on their census form.

Birthplace

  • 36 percent of people in Riccarton ward were born overseas, compared with 22 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in Riccarton ward, the most common birthplace region was North-East Asia (2,457 people), compared with the United Kingdom for people born overseas in all of Christchurch City.
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].

Languages spoken

  • After English, the next most common languages spoken in Riccarton ward were Sinitic (810 people), Northern Chinese (798 people), Yue (648 people), and Korean (579 people).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the most common language apart from English is te reo Māori, spoken by 5,943 people (1.8 percent). This was spoken by 306 people in Riccarton ward.
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by 0.5 percent of people in Riccarton ward, compared with 0.6 percent of people for all of Christchurch City.
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].

Relationship status

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 56 percent of people aged 15 years and over living in Riccarton ward have never married, 31 percent are married, and 13 percent are separated, divorced or widowed.
  • Regardless of legal marital status, 40 percent of this ward's adult population are currently in a relationship, compared with 58 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.

Qualifications

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • In 2013, 88 percent of people aged 15 years and over in Riccarton ward had a formal qualification, compared with 80 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • In Riccarton ward, 26 percent of people aged 15 years and over held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 21 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
Highest Qualification, 2013

Highest Qualification, 2013

Work

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • In 2013, the unemployment rate in Riccarton ward was 8.2 percent for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 5.1 percent for all of Christchurch City.
  • The most common occupational group in this ward was 'Professionals' (24%), and 'Professionals' was also the most common occupational group in Christchurch City (23%).
  • 20,898 people's place of work was located in Riccarton ward. This equated to 13 percent of employed people who had a Christchurch City workplace address, regardless of whether or not they were Christchurch residents.
Occupation (employed people aged 15 years and over), 2013

Occupation (employed people aged 15 years and over), 2013

Income and Deprivation

Personal income

  • For people aged 15 years and over, the median personal income for residents living in Riccarton ward was $18,600 in 2013. This compares with a median of $29,800 for all of Christchurch City.
  • 53 percent of people aged 15 years and over in this ward have an annual income of $20,000 or less, compared with 36 percent of people for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • In Riccarton ward, 18 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000, compared with 27 percent of people in Christchurch City. 
  • In this ward, 23 percent of people aged 15 years and over are receiving a means tested benefit (or other government transfers excluding superannuation). This compares with 17 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
Personal Income (people aged 15 years and over), 2013

Personal Income (people aged 15 years and over), 2013


Deprivation

  • NZDep2013(external link) is a good indicator of small area socioeconomic deprivation, and it combines nine variables from the 2013 census.
  • NZDep2013 provides a deprivation score for each meshblock in New Zealand (a meshblock is generally the size of a street block in urban areas, containing approximately 80 people).
  •  The scale of deprivation ranges from 1 to 10:
    • 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores.
    • 10 represents the areas with the most deprived scores.
    • Nationally, equal proportions of the population (about 10%) live in each decile.
  • Relative to the rest of Christchurch City, Riccarton ward has a higher proportion of people living in areas with mid-point scores.
  • In Riccarton ward, around 12 percent of this ward's population live in the 'most deprived' areas (i.e. deciles 9 and 10), compared with 12 percent of all of Christchurch City's population.
  • Around 11 percent of this ward's population live in the 'least deprived' areas (i.e. deciles 1 and 2), compared with 26 percent of all of Christchurch City's population.
Population by Deprivation Index Decile, 2013

Population by Deprivation Index Decile, 2013

 

Meshblock Deprivation Map, 2013

Meshblock Deprivation Map, 2013

The 2013 deprivation index(external link) is developed by researchers at the University of Otago, and combines nine variables from the 2013 census which reflect dimensions of socio-economic deprivation. Deprivation scores apply to areas rather than individual people. The deprivation index is developed with three principal purposes in mind:
  1. Resource allocation: For example, indexes of deprivation have a long history of being used in capitation funding formulas for primary health care services (the population-based funding formula for District Health Boards) and in funding formulas for social services in other sectors (e.g. school decile rankings).
  2. Research: Indexes of deprivation have application in research in a variety of settings such as health and other social services. For example, in the health sector, many researchers use small-area indexes to describe the relationship between socioeconomic deprivation and health outcomes; increasing levels of deprivation are associated with higher mortality rates, and higher rates of many diseases.
  3. Advocacy: Indexes of deprivation are used by community groups and community-based service providers to describe the populations they serve, and to advocate for extra resources for community-based services. 

Dwellings

Number of private occupied dwellings counted

  • In 2013, there were 7,539 private occupied dwellings in Riccarton ward. This represents 5.8 percent of all the city's private occupied dwellings.
  • This is an increase of 99 occupied dwellings, or 1.3 percent, since the 2006 census.
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the number of private occupied dwellings decreased from 134,730 in 2006 to 130,430 in 2013, a decrease of 3.2 percent.

Number of unoccupied dwellings counted

  • There were 540 unoccupied dwellings in Riccarton ward. This is an increase of 54 unoccupied dwellings, or 11 percent, since the 2006 census.
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the number of unoccupied dwellings increased by 88 percent, from 9,440 in 2006 to 17,780 in 2013.

Households

Household composition

  • In 2013, one-family households made up 55 percent of all households in Riccarton ward. For Christchurch City as a whole, one-family households made up 66 percent of all households.
  • In this ward, there were 1,710 one-person households making up 24 percent of all households. In Christchurch City, one-person households also made up 26 percent of all households.
  • Other multi-person households made up 18 percent of households in Riccarton ward, compared with 6.3 percent for all of Christchurch City.
  • In total, there were 7,410 households counted in this ward in 2013.
  • The average household size in this ward is 2.8 people, compared with an average of 2.5 people per household for all of Christchurch City.
Household Composition, 2013

Household Composition, 2013

Families

Family type

  • 'Couples with children' made up 37 percent of all families in Riccarton ward, compared with 40 percent of all families for the whole of Christchurch City.
  • 'Couples without child(ren)' made up 47 percent of all families in this ward, compared with 43 percent of all families for the whole of Christchurch City.
  • 'One parent with child(ren)' families made up 17 percent of families in this ward, while this family type made up 17 percent of families for Christchurch City as a whole.
Family Type, 2013

Family Type, 2013

Phone and Internet Access

  • In 2013, 80 percent of households in Riccarton ward had access to the Internet, compared with 79 percent of households in Christchurch City.
  • In this ward, 81 percent of households had access to a cellphone, compared with 84 percent of households for Christchurch City as a whole.

Transport

Access to motor vehicles

  • In 2013, 20 percent of households in Riccarton ward had access to three or more motor vehicles, compared with 17 percent of all households in Christchurch City.
  • 11 percent of households in this ward had no motor vehicle access, compared with 7.9 percent of all households in Christchurch City.

Main means of travel to work

  • 54 percent of employed people aged 15 years or over living in Riccarton ward drove a car, truck or van to work (private or company vehicle). This compares with 65 percent for all of Christchurch City.
  • A further 3.2 percent of workers were a passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, compared with 3.3 percent for all of Christchurch City.
  • 5 percent of workers took a public bus to work, compared with 3.1 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • 8 percent of workers rode a bicycle to work, compared with 5.8 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.