Story: Otago region

Page 16. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Otago: 36,292 sq km1
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

(National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data, 1981–2010)

Dunedin

  • Mean temperature, January: 15.3°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 6.6°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 738 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,684 hours

Alexandra

  • Mean temperature, January: 18.0°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 2.9°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 359 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,006 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Otago: 195,348 (2006); 202,467 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Otago: 89.1%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Otago: 7.5%
  • New Zealand:14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Otago: 2.0%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Otago: 5.2%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Otago: 1.1%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, Waitaha

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Dunedin: 112,035
  • Ōamaru: 13,050
  • Queenstown: 11,505

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Otago: 17.2%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Otago: 67.1%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Otago: 15.7%
  • New Zealand: 14.3%

Employment by industry, 2013

(Figures are for workers aged 15 and over, in selected industries in which the region’s employment pattern is most distinctive)

Accommodation and food services

  • Otago: 11.2%
  • New Zealand: 6.9%

Financial and insurance services

  • Otago: 1.4%
  • New Zealand: 2.8%

Professional, scientific and technical services

  • Otago: 4.8%
  • New Zealand: 7.8%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Otago: 5.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Otago: 5,342,846
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Otago: 336,278
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Otago: 290,398
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. Includes whole of Waitaki district › Back
How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/otago-region/page-16 (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 8 May 2009, updated 1 May 2015