What is our individual income? (Individual 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.
Individual Income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Income Sources, Educational Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area. The amount of income an individual receives is linked to a number of factors including the person’s:
- employment status;
- age (as for instance students and retirees often receive a lower income);
- qualifications; and
- the type of employment undertaken by the person.
It is interesting to view Wanganui District's individual income data in relation to both household income statistics and number of persons usually resident per household. Areas with relatively high household income may be the result of multiple earners in the household contributing to that household income, so it is possible that some areas that have relatively high household incomes will have relatively low levels of individual income.
To enable a comparison of Wanganui District's Individual Income levels of an area over time, Individual Income quartiles have been calculated and presented in the Individual income quartiles tab.
|Annual individual income|
Income groups (persons aged 15 years and over)
|Usual residence||number||%||New Zealand %
|Negative or zero income||1,404||4.2||5.1
|$1 to $5,000||2,052||6.1||7.0
|$5,001 to $10,000||2,730||8.2||7.2
|$10,001 to $15,000||5,244||15.7||11.3
|$15,001 to $20,000||3,555||10.6||8.2
|$20,001 to $25,000||2,628||7.9||7.0
|$25,001 to $30,000||2,496||7.5||6.8
|$30,001 to $40,000||4,008||12.0||12.8
|$40,001 to $50,000||2,289||6.9||8.3
|$50,001 to $70,000||2,028||6.1||8.9
|$70,001 to $100,000||687||2.1||4.0
|$100,001 or more||513||1.5||3.3
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset includes total gross personal income (from all sources, including pensions and allowances) before tax that a person received in the 12 months ended in March of the relevant Census year.
This question applies only to usual residents of New Zealand aged 15 years and over.
Individual incomes are collected as ranges in the Census. Ranges were identical between 1996, 2001 and 2006.
Analysis of Wanganui District's individual income levels in 2006 compared to New Zealand's incomes shows that there was a lower proportion of persons earning a high income (those earning over $50,000 per year) but a higher proportion of low income persons (those earning $20,000 or less per year).
Overall, 9.6% of the population earned a high income, and 44.8% earned a low income, compared with 16.2% and 38.8% respectively for New Zealand.
The major differences between Wanganui District's individual incomes and New Zealand's individual incomes were:
- A larger percentage of $10,001 to $15,000 (15.7% compared to 11.3%);
- A larger percentage of $15,001 to $20,000 (10.6% compared to 8.2%);
- A smaller percentage of $50,001 to $70,000 (6.1% compared to 8.9%), and;
- A smaller percentage of $70,001 to $100,000 (2.1% compared to 4.0%).