Ruapehu district has a variety of unique communities of interest from small to medium sized rural townships and rural populations.
The estimated resident population based on the 2013 census is 12,450, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare. In the 2013 census 66.7% of the population identified their ethnicity as European. Maori made up 40.7% of the population, Asian peoples 2.8% and Pacific peoples 2.2%.
For more detailed analysis of Ruapehu's population make-up from the 2013 census including; who we are, what we do and how we live; see Ruapehu's profile.id