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 Linwood and Christchurch City, 2013-2017 (at 30 June annually)
Area 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 % change 2013-2017
Linwood 24,300 24,600 25,100 25,600 26,000 7%
Christchurch City 356,700 361,900 367,800 374,900 381,500 7%
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 24,300 at 30 June 2013 to 24,900 by 30 June 2043. This is an overall increase of 2.5 percent.
  • Annual growth since 2013 has been higher than anticipated for this ward, and the estimated 2016 population (25,600) has already exceeded the projected 2018 population (25,000).
  • 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 Linwood and Christchurch City: Estimated (2013) and Projected (2018-2043)
Area 2013 2018 2023 2028 2033 2038 2043
Linwood 24,300 25,000 25,300 25,400 25,400 25,200 24,900
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

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Age

Life-cycle age groups

  • The median age in 2013 was 35.8 years for people in Linwood ward. The median age in Christchurch City was 38.6 years.
  • This ward had a higher proportion of people aged under 40 years than for all of Christchurch City.
  • In this ward, 19% of people were aged under 15 years, 37% were aged 15-39 years, 31% were aged 40-64 years, 9% were aged 65-79 years, and 3.1% 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 12% to 22% of Linwood ward's total population between 2013 and 2043.
  • The population aged 0-14 years is projected to decrease from 19% to 16% 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 Linwood ward is European, with 81 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 Linwood ward was Māori (15%), followed by Pacific Peoples (7.3%), Asian (6.5%), 'Other' (2.1%), and MELAA (1%). 
  • 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

  • 17 percent of people in Linwood ward were born overseas, compared with 22 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in Linwood ward, the most common birthplace region was the United Kingdom (933 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 Linwood ward were te reo Māori (819 people), Samoan (750 people), NZ Sign Language (186 people), Hindi (177 people), and Tagalog (177 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).
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by 0.9 percent of people in Linwood 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

  • 45 percent of people aged 15 years and over living in Linwood ward have never married, 33 percent are married, and 22 percent are separated, divorced or widowed.
  • Regardless of legal marital status, 50 percent of this ward's adult population are currently in a relationship, compared with 58 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.