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Far North District

Household size

26% of the Far North District's households contained only one person, compared with 26.1% in the Northland Region, with the most dominant household size being 2 persons per household in 2013.

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. Household size can also be influenced by a lack (or abundance) of affordable housing. Overseas migrants and indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size.

An increasing household size in an area may indicate a lack of affordable housing opportunities for young people, an increase in the birth rate or an increase in family formation in the area. A declining household size may indicate children leaving the area when they leave home, an increase in retirees settling in the area, or an attraction of young singles and couples to the area.

For greater insight, the Far North District's Household Size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Summary, Age Structure, Dwelling Type, Household Income and Language Spoken at Home.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 5 March 2013 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 5 March 2013)?'

Total population

Household size
Far North District20132006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2006 to 2013
1 person5,57126.126.14,50322.623.3+1,068
2 persons7,92937.137.57,25136.436.8+678
3 persons3,09914.514.33,11415.615.1-15
4 persons2,39711.212.12,54112.713.3-144
5 persons1,2695.95.91,3656.86.7-96
6 or more persons1,1045.24.21,1735.94.9-69

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Household size, 2013
Household size, 2013 6 or more persons, Northland Region: 4.2% 5 persons, Northland Region: 5.9% 4 persons, Northland Region: 12.1% 3 persons, Northland Region: 14.3% 2 persons, Northland Region: 37.5% 1 person, Northland Region: 26.1% 6 or more persons, Far North District: 5.2% 5 persons, Far North District: 5.9% 4 persons, Far North District: 11.2% 3 persons, Far North District: 14.5% 2 persons, Far North District: 37.1% 1 person, Far North District: 26.1%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2013
Change in household size, 2006 to 2013 6 or more persons, Far North District: -69 5 persons, Far North District: -96 4 persons, Far North District: -144 3 persons, Far North District: -15 2 persons, Far North District: +678 1 person, Far North District: +1,068
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of persons usually resident in a household in the Far North District compared with the Northland Region shows that there were a similar proportion of lone person households, and a similar proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 26.1% of lone person households, and 22.3% of larger households, compared with 26.1% and 22.2% respectively for the Northland Region.

There were no major differences between Far North District and Northland Region in 2013.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Far North District increased by 1,422 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in the Far North District between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • 1 person (+1,068 households)
  • 2 persons (+678 households)
  • 4 persons (-144 households)
  • 5 persons (-96 households)

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