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Middle Eastern/Latin American/African ethnic grouping

Latin American ethnic group almost doubles

The Latin American ethnic group almost doubled in size between the 2006 and 2013 Censuses, increasing from 6,654 people to 13,182.

Other ethnic groups within the Middle Eastern/Latin American/African major ethnic group that also increased in size between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Middle Eastern ethnic group – up from 17,514 to 20,406
  • African ethnic group – up from 10,647 to 13,464.

Most Middle Eastern/Latin American/African people live in the Auckland region

More than three-quarters of people who identified with the Middle Eastern/Latin American/African major ethnic group (76.4 percent or 35,895 people) lived in the Auckland, Wellington, or Canterbury regions:

  • 53.1 percent lived in the Auckland region
  • 14.0 percent lived in the Wellington region
  • 9.3 percent lived in the Canterbury region.

High proportion of Middle Eastern/Latin American/African ethnic group aged 20–34 years

A high proportion (30.5 percent) of people identifying with the Middle Eastern/Latin American/African ethnic group were aged 20–34 years in 2013. In contrast, 18.7 percent were in this age group for the total New Zealand population.

The proportion of Middle Eastern/Latin American/African people in this age group increased across recent censuses, up from 28.6 percent (9,939 people) in 2006, and 25.6 percent (6,162 people) in 2001.

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