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2013 Census tables about a place:
Canterbury Region

2018 Census place summaries has the latest information
Cultural diversity

Ethnic groups

2013 Census

Ethnic groups of people in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Ethnic groups(1) Canterbury Region New Zealand
European 448,650 2,969,391
Māori 41,910 598,602
Pacific peoples 12,723 295,944
Asian 35,847 471,708
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 4,377 46,953
Other ethnicity    
New Zealander 10,050 65,976
Other ethnicity nec 186 1,788
Total other ethnicity 10,236 67,752
Total people stated 516,360 4,011,399
Not elsewhere included(2) 23,076 230,649
Total people 539,436 4,242,048

1. 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.
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
nec = not elsewhere classified.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Ethnic groups of people in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Ethnic groups(1) 2001 2006 2013
European 430,125 393,219 448,650
Māori 31,635 36,669 41,910
Pacific peoples 8,622 10,926 12,723
Asian 19,431 29,172 35,847
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African(2) 2,253 3,363 4,377
Other ethnicity(3)      
New Zealander .. 70,119 10,050
Other ethnicity nec 105 138 186
Total other ethnicity 105 70,254 10,236
Total people stated 468,564 508,182 516,360
Not elsewhere included(4) 12,867 13,650 23,076
Total people 481,431 521,832 539,436

1. 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.
2. Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African was introduced as a new category for the 2006 Census. Previously, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African responses were allocated to the 'other ethnicity' category.
3. Consists of responses for a number of small ethnic groups and for New Zealander. New Zealander was included as a new category for the 2006 Census.  In 2001, New Zealander was counted in the European category.
4. In 2001, consisted of Black, other not further defined, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated. In 2006 and 2013, consisted of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
nec = not elsewhere classified.
Symbol: .. figure not available
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace

2013 Census

Birthplace of people in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Birthplace Canterbury Region New Zealand
New Zealand 411,996 2,980,827
Australia(1) 8,520 62,715
Pacific Islands(2) 6,393 151,530
UK and Ireland 36,702 265,203
Europe (excluding UK and Ireland) 9,003 71,430
North America 3,906 31,263
Asia 27,129 316,470
Middle East and Africa 7,338 90,285
Other 1,560 12,891
Total people stated 512,547 3,982,611
Not elsewhere included(3) 26,889 259,434
Total people 539,433 4,242,048

1. Includes Australian external territories.
2. Consists of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
3. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace of Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Birthplace Canterbury Region New Zealand
New Zealand 40,632 579,639
Overseas 789 10,713
Total people stated 41,421 590,352
Not elsewhere included(1) 486 8,250
Total people 41,910 598,605

1. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Birthplace of people in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Birthplace 2001 2006 2013
New Zealand 400,047 414,423 411,996
Australia(1) 7,269 8,517 8,520
Pacific Islands(2) 4,119 5,121 6,393
UK and Ireland 27,678 33,600 36,702
Europe (excluding UK and Ireland) 7,407 9,138 9,003
North America 2,784 3,627 3,906
Asia 15,801 23,856 27,129
Middle East and Africa 3,603 6,033 7,338
Other 465 723 1,560
Total people stated 469,170 505,038 512,547
Not elsewhere included(3) 12,258 16,794 26,889
Total people 481,431 521,832 539,433

1. Includes Australian external territories.
2. Consists of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
3. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace of Māori in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Birthplace 2001 2006 2013
New Zealand 30,879 35,469 40,632
Overseas 501 678 789
Total people stated 31,380 36,150 41,421
Not elsewhere included(1) 252 519 486
Total people 31,632 36,669 41,910

1. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken

2013 Census

Languages spoken by people in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Languages spoken(1) Canterbury Region New Zealand
English 498,843 3,819,972
Māori 8,643 148,395
Samoan 4,476 86,403
NZ Sign Language 2,766 20,235
Other 51,495 590,154
None(2) 7,725 67,509
Total people stated 512,187 3,973,359
Not elsewhere included(3) 28,338 277,614
Total people 539,436 4,242,048

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Languages spoken(1) Canterbury Region New Zealand
English 40,020 567,081
Māori 5,961 125,352
Samoan 264 3,753
NZ Sign Language 333 4,614
Other 690 9,000
None(2) 966 13,158
Total people stated 41,313 588,267
Not elsewhere included(3) 699 11,532
Total people 41,910 598,602

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Languages spoken by people in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Languages spoken(1) 2001 2006 2013
English 453,294 489,387 498,843
Māori 8,835 8,697 8,643
Samoan 4,053 4,509 4,476
NZ Sign Language 3,894 3,156 2,766
Other 36,150 47,637 51,495
None(2) 8,934 9,408 7,725
Total people stated 466,191 504,786 512,187
Not elsewhere included(3) 16,128 17,772 28,338
Total people 481,431 521,832 539,436

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Languages spoken(1) 2001 2006 2013
English 29,871 34,704 40,020
Māori 5,709 5,979 5,961
Samoan 231 249 264
NZ Sign Language 444 357 333
Other 696 750 690
None(2) 1,128 1,131 966
Total people stated 31,269 36,156 41,313
Not elsewhere included(3) 471 573 699
Total people 31,635 36,669 41,910

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken

2013 Census

Number of languages spoken by people in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Number of languages spoken Canterbury Region New Zealand
None(1) 7,617 65,853
One 444,852 3,169,596
Two 49,578 621,030
Three 7,746 91,458
Four 1,806 19,434
Five 444 4,611
Six 147 1,380
Total people stated 512,187 3,973,359
Not elsewhere included(2) 27,249 268,692
Total people 539,433 4,242,048

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Number of languages spoken Canterbury Region New Zealand
None(1) 945 12,828
One 34,071 450,054
Two 5,730 117,108
Three 435 6,459
Four 102 1,341
Five 18 312
Six 12 165
Total people stated 41,310 588,267
Not elsewhere included(2) 600 10,335
Total people 41,910 598,602

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Number of languages spoken by people in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Number of languages spoken 2001 2006 2013
None(1) 8,847 9,366 7,617
One 410,832 439,329 444,852
Two 37,638 46,365 49,578
Three 6,492 7,113 7,746
Four 2,130 1,899 1,806
Five 186 549 444
Six 69 168 147
Total people stated 466,191 504,786 512,187
Not elsewhere included(2) 15,240 17,046 27,249
Total people 481,431 521,832 539,433

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Number of languages spoken 2001 2006 2013
None(1) 1,122 1,125 945
One 24,054 28,686 34,071
Two 5,463 5,733 5,730
Three 459 450 435
Four 123 105 102
Five 30 33 18
Six 15 24 12
Total people stated 31,269 36,156 41,310
Not elsewhere included(2) 363 513 600
Total people 31,632 36,669 41,910

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.

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