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The Wellington Region

Family types

In the Wellington Region, 42.0% of households were made up of family type 'couples with children' compared with 42.0% in the North Island in 2013.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

To continue building the story, the Wellington Region's family data should be viewed in conjunction with Households, Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type data.

Derived from the Census questions:

'How is each person in the household related to you?'

Total families

Family types
Wellington Region20132006Change
Family by typeNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Couples with children52,49742.042.049,90842.442.6+2,589
Couple with dependent children42,98134.434.041,40935.235.2+1,572
Couple with adult children only9,3937.57.98,4067.17.2+987
Couple with children - dependency status unknown1230.10.1930.10.1+30
One parent families21,23717.018.820,73617.619.1+501
One parent family with dependent children14,84711.913.515,22512.914.4-378
One parent family with adult children only6,2465.05.25,4094.64.6+837
One parent family with children - dependency status unknown1440.10.11020.10.1+42
Couple without children51,20441.039.247,06440.038.3+4,140

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

Family types, 2013
Family types, 2013 Couple without children, North Island: 39.2% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, North Island: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, North Island: 5.2% One parent family with dependent children, North Island: 13.5% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, North Island: 0.1% Couple with adult children only, North Island: 7.9% Couple with dependent children, North Island: 34.0% Couple without children, Wellington Region: 41.0% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington Region: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, Wellington Region: 5.0% One parent family with dependent children, Wellington Region: 11.9% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington Region: 0.1% Couple with adult children only, Wellington Region: 7.5% Couple with dependent children, Wellington Region: 34.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in family types, 2006 to 2013
Change in family types, 2006 to 2013 Couple without children, Wellington Region: +4,140 One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington Region: +42 One parent family with adult children only, Wellington Region: +837 One parent family with dependent children, Wellington Region: -378 Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington Region: +30 Couple with adult children only, Wellington Region: +987 Couple with dependent children, Wellington Region: +1,572
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 family types in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a similar proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 42.0% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 17.0% were one-parent families, compared with 42.0% and 18.8% respectively for the North Island.

There were a higher proportion of couples without children in the Wellington Region, 41.0% compared to 39.2% in the North Island.

Emerging groups

The number of families in the Wellington Region increased by 7,230 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in family types in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Couple without children (+4,140 households)
  • Couple with dependent children (+1,572 households)
  • Couple with adult children only (+987 households)
  • One parent family with adult children only (+837 households)

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