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In the Wanganui District, 32.7% of households were made up of family type 'couples with children' compared with 41.3% in the New Zealand 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 Wanganui District'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
Wanganui District20132006Change
Family by typeNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children3,64232.741.34,00835.342.0-366
Couple with dependent children
3,05727.533.63,37529.734.7-318
Couple with adult children only
5705.17.66185.47.1-48
Couple with children - dependency status unknown
150.10.1150.10.10
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families2,69124.217.82,69123.718.10
One parent family with dependent children
2,04918.412.72,12418.713.6-75
One parent family with adult children only
6305.75.05554.94.5+75
One parent family with children - dependency status unknown
120.10.1120.10.10
map this data in atlas.idCouple without children4,79443.140.94,64741.039.9+147

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, New Zealand: 40.9% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, New Zealand: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, New Zealand: 5.0% One parent family with dependent children, New Zealand: 12.7% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, New Zealand: 0.1% Couple with adult children only, New Zealand: 7.6% Couple with dependent children, New Zealand: 33.6% Couple without children, Wanganui District: 43.1% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wanganui District: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, Wanganui District: 5.7% One parent family with dependent children, Wanganui District: 18.4% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wanganui District: 0.1% Couple with adult children only, Wanganui District: 5.1% Couple with dependent children, Wanganui District: 27.5%
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, Wanganui District: +147 One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Wanganui District: 0 One parent family with adult children only, Wanganui District: +75 One parent family with dependent children, Wanganui District: -75 Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Wanganui District: 0 Couple with adult children only, Wanganui District: -48 Couple with dependent children, Wanganui District: -318
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 Wanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 32.7% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 24.2% were one-parent families, compared with 41.3% and 17.8% respectively for the New Zealand.

There were a higher proportion of couples without children in Wanganui District, 43.1% compared to 40.9% in the New Zealand.

Emerging groups

The number of families in Wanganui District decreased by 219 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in family types in the Wanganui District between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Couple with dependent children (-318 households)
  • Couple without children (+147 households)
  • One parent family with dependent children (-75 households)
  • One parent family with adult children only (+75 households)

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