How many people live in each household?
Derived from the three Census questions, "Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 7 March 2006 in this dwelling", "Where does the person usually live?", and "Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 7 March 2006)?"
The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home. However, household size can also be influenced by a lack, (or abundance) of affordable housing. Further, overseas migrants and indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members and/or other families. In conjunction with Family and Household types and Dwelling Type data, Household size indicates where Wellington City is in a cycle of change and assists in planning service delivery strategies.
(number of persons usually resident)
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %||number||%||Wellington Region %||2001 to 2006
|One usual resident||16,680||24.6||24.4||15,522||25.1||24.1||1,158
|Two usual residents||22,230||32.8||33.4||20,244||32.8||33.1||1,986
|Three usual residents||11,895||17.6||16.6||10,761||17.4||16.6||1,134
|Four usual residents||10,614||15.7||15.1||9,276||15.0||14.9||1,338
|Five usual residents||4,248||6.3||6.6||4,104||6.6||7.3||144
|Six or more usual residents||2,046||3.0||3.9||1,902||3.1||4.0||144
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset counts households by the number of persons usually resident, (including residents who were temporarily absent on Census night).
A household is defined as either one person who usually resides alone or two or more people who usually reside together and share facilities (such as eating facilities, cooking facilities, bathroom and toilet facilities, a living area etc).
This dataset excludes 'Visitor only' households, and visitors to private dwellings who do not normally live there.
Analysis of the household size in the Wellington City compared with Wellington Region shows that there were a higher proportion of lone person households, and a lower proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 24.6% of lone person households, and 25.0% of larger households, compared with 24.4% and 25.6% respectively for Wellington Region.
There were no major differences between Wellington City and Wellington Region's household size data in 2006.
The largest changes in the size of households in Wellington City between 2001 and 2006 were:
- Two usual residents (+1,986 households);
- Four usual residents (+1,338 households), and;
- One usual resident (+1,158 households).