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Cambridge has more than 18,400 residents and is at the heart of the Waikato, the country's fifth fastest growing province.

World-rowing-crowd cambridge-isiteThe town is part of Waipa District which has about 46,600 residents, split almost evenly between rural and urban households.

The Waipa District Council forecasts the district's population will grow by 12% in the decade to 2022, and to 70,000 by the year 2050.

Cambridge's population has increased significantly as its role as a rural services town has developed, and as improved roads have enabled people to live here and commute to jobs in nearby Hamilton and Tauranga. An estimated 20% of Cambridge residents work in Hamilton.

The town's population has more than tripled in 50 years (from 5,284 in 1961).

The average age of Cambridge residents is 38, compared to the national average of 35. About 15% of locals were born outside of New Zealand (compared to 23% nationally).

We have slightly more women (51%) than men (49%) living here and the average household income (at the last Census) was $54,000, which is 6% more than the national average.

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