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Family types

In the Wellington City, 43.9% of households were made up of family type 'couples with children' compared with 42.0% in the Wellington Region 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 City'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 City20132006Change
Family by typeNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children21,06943.942.019,22443.242.4+1,845
Couple with dependent children
17,43936.334.416,05936.135.2+1,380
Couple with adult children only
3,6037.57.53,1417.17.1+462
Couple with children - dependency status unknown
270.10.1240.10.1+3
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families6,41713.417.06,39614.417.6+21
One parent family with dependent children
4,1798.711.94,3629.812.9-183
One parent family with adult children only
2,1904.65.02,0014.54.6+189
One parent family with children - dependency status unknown
480.10.1330.10.1+15
map this data in atlas.idCouple without children20,52342.741.018,87342.440.0+1,650

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, 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% Couple without children, Wellington City: 42.7% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington City: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, Wellington City: 4.6% One parent family with dependent children, Wellington City: 8.7% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington City: 0.1% Couple with adult children only, Wellington City: 7.5% Couple with dependent children, Wellington City: 36.3%
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 City: +1,650 One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington City: +15 One parent family with adult children only, Wellington City: +189 One parent family with dependent children, Wellington City: -183 Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wellington City: +3 Couple with adult children only, Wellington City: +462 Couple with dependent children, Wellington City: +1,380
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 City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 43.9% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 13.4% were one-parent families, compared with 42.0% and 17.0% respectively for the Wellington Region.

There were a higher proportion of couples without children in Wellington City, 42.7% compared to 41.0% in the Wellington Region.

Emerging groups

The number of families in Wellington City increased by 3,516 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Couple without children (+1,650 households)
  • Couple with dependent children (+1,380 households)
  • Couple with adult children only (+462 households)
  • One parent family with adult children only (+189 households)

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