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The Wellington Region

Individual income quartiles

In the Wellington Region, the 'highest' income quartile was the largest group in 2013, comprising 30.9% of people aged 15+.

The Wellington Region's income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Educational Qualifications and Occupation, they help tell the story of the area's economic opportunities and socio-economic status. Individual income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the income profile of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Individual Income quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

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

Individual income quartiles
Wellington Region20132006Change
Quartile groupNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Lowest group81,03423.325.774,39522.825.0+6,639
Medium lowest77,54222.324.472,83422.324.1+4,708
Medium highest82,20123.624.578,65724.124.7+3,544
Highest group107,72130.925.4101,09030.926.1+6,631

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

Individual income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for New Zealand Annual income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2013
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $12,824 $0 to $11,397 $0 to $8,902
Medium lowest $12,825 to $28,474 $11,398 to $24,402 $8,903 to $18,544
Medium highest $28,474 to $52,637 $24,402 to $42,449 $18,544 to $34,732
Highest group $52,637 and over $42,449 and over $34,732 and over

Individual income quartiles, 2013
Individual income quartiles, 2013 Highest group, North Island: 25.4% Medium highest, North Island: 24.5% Medium lowest, North Island: 24.4% Lowest group, North Island: 25.7% Highest group, Wellington Region: 30.9% Medium highest, Wellington Region: 23.6% Medium lowest, Wellington Region: 22.3% Lowest group, Wellington Region: 23.3%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2013
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2013 Highest group, Wellington Region: +6,631 Medium highest, Wellington Region: +3,544 Medium lowest, Wellington Region: +4,708 Lowest group, Wellington Region: +6,639
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the population by income quartile in the Wellington Region compared to the North Island shows that there was a greater proportion of persons in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 6,639 persons.

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