Facts and figures

Regional statistics

Get to know the Nelson region statistically.

Population

Population
Region Population
Nelson City 46,437
Tasman region 47,154

Nelson’s population increased by 8 percent between 2006 and 2013 and Tasman’s population increased 6 percent. The total population for New Zealand also increased by 5 percent over the same period. By 2031, Nelson’s population is projected to be 51,200 and Tasman’s will be 53,900.

Source: Census 2013 and Population Projections 2006(base) -2031 medium series (October 2012 update), Statistics NZ

 

Ethnic groups

Ethnic groups
Ethnicity Nelson Tasman NZ
European 89% 93% 74%
NZ Maori 9% 8% 15%
Pacific Islands 2% 1% 7%
Asian 4% 2% 12%
Note: The percentages do not sum to 100 because people may have stated they belong to more than one ethnic group.
Source: Census 2013, Statistics NZ

 

Age distribution

Age distribution
Age range
Nelson
Tasman
NZ
Median Age 42.5 44.2 38.0
Age range (% of population)      
Under 15 years 18.8%
20.0%
20.4%
15-64 years
63.7%
62.0%
65.3%
65 years and over
17.5%
17.9%
12.3%
Source: Census 2013, Statistics NZ

 

Unemployment

Unemployment
 
Nelson
Tasman
NZ
Unemployment Rate
5.9%
4.0%
7.1%

Source: Census 2013, Statistics NZ

 

Rent

Rent
 
Nelson
Tasman
NZ
Rent - per week
(median)
Source: Census 2013, Statistics NZ
$290
$260
$280

 

Occupation

Occupation % for those working over 15 years of age
Source: Census 2013
Occupation
Nelson
Tasman
NZ
Managers
15.3%
21.0%
18.7%
Professionals
22.3%
16.9%
22.5%
Technicians & Trade Workers
12.9%
12.2%
12.0%
Community & Personal Service Workers
10.0%
8.2%
9.0%
Clerical & Administrative Workers
11.0%
10.0%
12.0%
Sales Workers
9.9%
8.0%
9.3%
Machinery Operators & Drivers
5.0%
6.2%
5.4%
Labourers
13.5%
17.6%
11.1%

 

Qualifications

Highest qualification (% of population, aged 15 years and over).
Source: Census 2013, Statistics NZ
  Nelson Tasman NZ
No qualification 21 23 21
Level 1-4 (secondary school or equivalent) 49 51 50
Level 5-10 (diploma, degree, tertiary qualification) 30 25 29

 

Climate

Climate
Nelson city
Average annual rainfall 1043mm
Average sunshine hours per year 2,449 hours
Nelson is one of New Zealand’s sunniest regions.

 

 

Temperature

Temperature (Celsius)
Season
Average Maximum
Average Minimum
Spring
19
9
Summer
22
12
Autumn 16 6
Winter
14
4
*Source: NIWA, based on rainfall and temperature records since 1862 and sunshine records since 1908.

 

Business

Business
Nelson City
In 2013 there were 5,622 businesses with 24,940 employees in Nelson and 6,446 businesses with 18,950 employees in Tasman.

The main industries providing employment in Nelson were healthcare and social assistance, retail trade and manufacturing.

Source:Business Demography Statistics, Statistics NZ.

 

Area

Land area of the Nelson region.
  Square Metres Square Kilometres
Nelson 422,401,584 sqm 422.4 sqkm
Tasman 9,733,948,742 sqm 9,733.95 sqkm

Download a map of the Nelson City Council unitary area. (972KB PDF)