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The Wellington Region

Household income

In the Wellington Region, 45.5% of households earned an income of $70,000 or more per annum in 2013.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. The Wellington Region's Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Educational Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to reveal the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the Wellington Region. It is important to note that income data is not necessarily a measure of wealth. For example, if an area has a large number of retirees this will produce a higher proportion of households with low income but the retirees may have large capital wealth. For this reason, household income should be viewed in conjunction with Age and Household Composition.

The incomes presented on this page are for the latest Census year only. For comparison of incomes over time, go to Household Income Quartiles.

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 2013?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Annual household income
Wellington Region2013
Annual household incomeNumber%North Island %
Negative or zero income1,1610.70.9
$1 to $5,0001,2690.70.9
$5,001 to $10,0001,7401.01.2
$10,001 to $15,0003,9452.22.5
$15,001 to $20,0006,3783.64.0
$20,001 to $25,0007,4644.24.4
$25,001 to $30,0006,8553.94.5
$30,001 to $40,00012,6127.28.0
$40,001 to $50,00010,6146.06.5
$50,001 to $70,00020,39411.612.0
$70,001 to $100,00026,92515.314.8
$100,001 or more53,29230.324.4
Not stated23,48113.315.8

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

Annual household income, 2013
Annual household income, 2013 Negative or zero income, North Island: 0.9% $1 to $5,000, North Island: 0.9% $5,001 to $10,000, North Island: 1.2% $10,001 to $15,000, North Island: 2.5% $15,001 to $20,000, North Island: 4.0% $20,001 to $25,000, North Island: 4.4% $25,001 to $30,000, North Island: 4.5% $30,001 to $40,000, North Island: 8.0% $40,001 to $50,000, North Island: 6.5% $50,001 to $70,000, North Island: 12.0% $70,001 to $100,000, North Island: 14.8% $100,001 or more, North Island: 24.4% Negative or zero income, Wellington Region: 0.7% $1 to $5,000, Wellington Region: 0.7% $5,001 to $10,000, Wellington Region: 1.0% $10,001 to $15,000, Wellington Region: 2.2% $15,001 to $20,000, Wellington Region: 3.6% $20,001 to $25,000, Wellington Region: 4.2% $25,001 to $30,000, Wellington Region: 3.9% $30,001 to $40,000, Wellington Region: 7.2% $40,001 to $50,000, Wellington Region: 6.0% $50,001 to $70,000, Wellington Region: 11.6% $70,001 to $100,000, Wellington Region: 15.3% $100,001 or more, Wellington Region: 30.3%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of household income levels in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of high income households (those earning more than $70,000 per annum) and a lower proportion of low income households (those earning less than $30,000 per annum).

Overall, 45.5% of the households earned a high income, and 16.4% were low income households, compared with 39.3% and 18.4% respectively for the North Island.

The major difference between the household incomes of the Wellington Region and the North Island is:

  • A larger percentage of households who earned $100,001 or more (30.3% compared to 24.4%)