The Selwyn District is a predominantly rural area in central Canterbury, on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
It is named after the Selwyn River, which is in turn named after Bishop George Selwyn, the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand who, in 1843 and 1844, travelled the length of the country by horse, foot, boat and canoe, leaving in his wake a sprinkling of locations that now bear his name.
The Selwyn district has an estimated population of 42,300 (June 2012 estimate), and with strong growth in the Lincoln and Rolleston areas post earthquakes that number is sure to grow.
- 33,669 people usually live in Selwyn District. This is an increase of 6,357 people, or 23.3 percent, since the 2001 Census.
- Its population ranks 35th in size out of the 73 districts in New Zealand. Selwyn District has 0.8 percent of New Zealand’s population.
- The unemployment rate in Selwyn District is 2.4 percent for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 5.1 percent for all of New Zealand.
- The most common occupational group in Selwyn District is ‘Managers’, and ‘Professionals’ is the most common occupational group in New Zealand.
- For people aged 15 years and over, the median income (half earn more, and half less, than this amount) in Selwyn District is $28,100. This compares with a median of $24,400 for all of New Zealand.
- 38.0 percent of people aged 15 years and over in Selwyn District have an annual income of $20,000 or less, compared with 43.2 percent of people for New Zealand as a whole.
- In Selwyn District, 20.6 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000, compared with 18.0 percent of people throughout New Zealand.
- Couples with children make up 49.3 percent of all families in Selwyn District, while couples without children make up 41.7 percent of all families.
- In New Zealand, couples with children make up 42.0 percent of all families, while couples without children make up 39.9 percent of all families.
- 9.0 percent of families in Selwyn District are one-parent-with-children families, compared with 18.1 percent of families for New Zealand as a whole.
- One-family households make up 80.8 percent of all households in Selwyn District. For New Zealand as a whole, one-family households make up 69.1 percent of all households.
- 1,653 people (or 14.5 percent) live in one-person households in Selwyn District. Throughout New Zealand, one-person households make up 23.0 percent of all households.
- The average household size in Selwyn District is 2.8 people, compared with an average of 2.7 people for all of New Zealand.
Phones, Net and Fax
- 71.0 percent of households in Selwyn District have access to the Internet, compared with 60.5 percent of households throughout New Zealand.
- In Selwyn District 79.1 percent of households have access to a cellphone, compared with 74.2 percent of households for New Zealand as a whole.
- 28.8 percent of households in Selwyn District have access to three or more motor vehicles, compared with 15.9 percent of all households in New Zealand.
- In Selwyn District, 67.2 percent of households in private occupied dwellings own the dwelling, with or without a mortgage.
- For New Zealand as a whole, 54.5 percent of households in private occupied dwellings own the dwelling, with or without a mortgage.
source: Statistics NZ