Otorohanga District

Estimated population (2018):  10,400

Projected population change (2018-2028):  +5.8%

Median personal income:  $30,167

Population changes

Between 2018 and 2028 the population group aged 65 years or more in Otorohanga is projected to grow by 36 percent, while the population of children and youth (under 25 years old) is expected to increase slightly.

 The Pasifika population group will see the most growth in the same decade, followed by the Asian and Māori populations. In comparison, the European/Other population group has relatively low growth predicted.


  • Otorohanga is the only district to have noticeably more males than females in its population.

  • 84 per cent of people in Otorohanga feel a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels. This is the highest of all districts in the Waikato Vital Signs Region.

  • There has been an increase in the number of crime victimisations reported each year in Otorohanga during the 2015-2019 period, from 233 to 346 per 10,000 population.

  • In 2018, 74 per cent of people in Otorohanga experienced a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.

  • Otorohanga has one of the lowest rates of early childhood education participation in the Waikato Region, with 94 per cent of children regularly attending ECE in the six months prior to starting school in 2019. This is compared to the national average of 97 per cent and also represents a decrease over the 2014-2019 period, a downward trend not mirrored in the rest of the Waikato Region.

Measure 2018 (estimated)
Children & youth (0-24) 35%
Prime working age (25-64) 51%
Older people (65+) 15%
Māori 30%
Pacific Peoples 2%
European 78%
Asian 4%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 0.3%
Other ethnicity 1%
Te Reo Māori speakers 7%
Own their own home 52%
Live in high deprivation 40%
Households with no motor vehicles 3%
No qualifications 26%
Level 1-5 Certificate/Diploma 61%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 13%
Involved in unpaid caring and volunteer work 27%
Experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 74%
Unemployed 5%

Information source

All information is sourced from the Waikato Vital Signs Consultancy Report, January 2020, written by the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato.

Drawing comparisons

In 2016, the pilot Waikato Vital Signs Region covered just three council areas – Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District and Hamilton City. Waikato Vital Signs 2020 includes nine districts, and for some indicators there have been changes in the data source or methodology, therefore, overall findings for some indicators are not directly comparable between the 2016 and 2020 reports.

Ethnicity distribution

People may identify with, and therefore be counted in, more than one ethnic group, so overall percentage totals can add up to more than 100.