||8,991 (2013 census)
||Stratford is the 65th largest district in New Zealand, of 73 in total
91.8% European, 11.8% Maori, 2.2% Asian, 4.9% other
(Note that this is over 100%, as some people reported more than one ethnic group, and so were counted in more than one group.)
||High numbers in the 10-19 and 60-74 age brackets
||5.3% (New Zealand 7.1%)
||Professionals, Managers, Labourers, Technicians and Trade Workers
Stratford District is one of New Zealand's smallest local authority areas.
Stratford District is 2,170 square kilometres. It has four distinct regions:
- The alpine and bush environment of the Egmont National Park.
- The dairy farming country of the Egmont ring-plain.
- The frontal hill country. This land lies between the ring plain and the eastern hill country. It is mostly utilised for sheep and beef farming.
- The relatively steep hill-country of eastern Taranaki, some areas of which are farmed mostly for sheep and beef farming. Some areas are abandoned farmland reverting to bush while some land remains in original bush.
It has on its boundary two National Parks:
- Egmont National Park (33,543 ha, established 1900) comprises all the land in a 9-kilometre radius of the volcanic mountain Taranaki's summit and some outlying areas to the north. The symmetrical cone of the dormant volcano is a provincial landmark.
It has over 140km of tracks that explore a range of landscapes, including forests, wetlands and sub-alpine shrub lands.
- Whanganui National Park (74,231 ha, established 1986) borders the Whanganui River. It incorporates areas of Crown land, former state forest and a number of former reserves. The river itself is not part of the park.