What is our household income? (Household income)
Derived from the Census question, "From all sources of income identified, what will the total income be that you got yourself, before tax or anything was taken out of it, in the 12 months that will end on 31 March 2006?"
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Individual Income data, Income Sources data, Educational Qualifications statistics and Occupation statistics, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area. The amount of income a household generates is linked to a number of factors:
- the number of workers in the household;
- the percentage of people unemployed or on other income support benefits; and
- the type of employment undertaken by the household members.
Note: It is important to remember that households vary in size, so that some areas have a greater number of dependents per income generated than others. If the area has a large number of retirees then this will produce a higher proportion of households with low income. This is not necessarily a measure of retirees' affluence, as retirees often have capital resources. Refer to the Age Structure section to understand this element.
To enable a comparison of Wellington City's Household Income levels of an area over time, Household Income quartiles have been calculated and presented in the Household income quartiles tab.
|Annual household income|
income groups (households)
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %
|Negative or zero income||333||0.5||0.5
|$1 to $5,000||618||0.9||0.8
|$5,001 to $10,000||975||1.4||1.6
|$10,001 to $15,000||2,172||3.2||4.3
|$15,001 to $20,000||2,550||3.8||5.1
|$20,001 to $25,000||2,655||3.9||5.8
|$25,001 to $30,000||1,815||2.7||3.4
|$30,001 to $40,000||4,470||6.6||8.1
|$40,001 to $50,000||4,191||6.2||7.0
|$50,001 to $70,000||8,271||12.2||13.1
|$70,001 to $100,000||10,143||15.0||14.1
|$100,001 or more||20,757||30.7||22.1
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
Household income comprises the total of incomes of all persons in the household who stated an income and were at home on Census night.
Households where one or more personal incomes were not stated or a resident over 15 was away on Census night are included in 'Not Stated'. In these cases, the aggregate of all stated individual incomes would be less than the true household income so these households are excluded from the classification.
Analysis of household incomes in Wellington City in 2006 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of high income households (those earning more than $70,000 per year) but a lower proportion of low income households (those earning $30,000 or less per year).
Overall, 45.6% of the households earned a high income, and 16.4% were low income households, compared with 36.2% and 21.5% respectively for Wellington Region.
The major difference between the household incomes of Wellington City and Wellington Region is:
- A larger percentage of $100,001 or more (30.7% compared to 22.1%).