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Hamilton West
Radnor Street in Hamilton West, Hamilton.
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Local authority Hamilton, New Zealand
Electoral ward Hamilton West
Population 1671 (2018 Census)
North Hamilton Central
East Hamilton East
South Melville
West Hamilton Lake

Hamilton West is a suburb in western Hamilton in New Zealand.

Hamilton Lake (a.k.a. Lake Rotoroa) is located to the west. To the east is the Waikato River and the Victoria Bridge, which links with Hamilton East on the other side of the river. To the north are Hamilton Central (the business and shopping centre of the city) and then Hamilton North. To the south is the suburb of Melville.

Hamilton West is located close to the central part of the city of Hamilton, known as Hamilton Central, where notable attractions bordering on Hamilton West include Waikato Museum and St Peter's Cathedral, the Anglican cathedral for the Diocese of Waikato, both on Victoria Street.

The former office of the Waikato District Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, now Diggers Bar and Café is located in the suburb.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 1,422 —    
2013 1,488 +0.65%
2018 1,671 +2.35%

Hamilton West had a population of 1,671 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 183 people (12.3%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 249 people (17.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 633 households. There were 816 males and 855 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female. The median age was 32.9 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 210 people (12.6%) aged under 15 years, 516 (30.9%) aged 15 to 29, 693 (41.5%) aged 30 to 64, and 252 (15.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 60.5% European/Pākehā, 18.5% Māori, 4.1% Pacific peoples, 26.9% Asian, and 2.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 36.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 36.4% had no religion, 41.1% were Christian, 7.5% were Hindu, 2.0% were Muslim, 0.9% were Buddhist and 7.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 540 (37.0%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 219 (15.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $28,500, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 717 (49.1%) people were employed full-time, 210 (14.4%) were part-time, and 69 (4.7%) were unemployed.


Hamilton West School is a coeducational state primary school for years 1 to 8 with a roll of 675 as of April 2023. The school was established in 1864.

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