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Family types

In the Ashburton District Council, 40.7% 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 Ashburton District Council'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
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Family by typeNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children3,61240.741.33,24941.142.0+363
Couple with dependent children
3,07534.733.62,72434.534.7+351
Couple with adult children only
5165.87.65106.57.1+6
Couple with children - dependency status unknown
210.20.1150.20.1+6
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families94210.617.882810.518.1+114
One parent family with dependent children
6847.712.76247.913.6+60
One parent family with adult children only
2492.85.02042.64.5+45
One parent family with children - dependency status unknown
90.10.1----0.1--
map this data in atlas.idCouple without children4,31448.640.93,81948.439.9+495

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, Ashburton District Council: 48.6% One parent family with children - dependency status unknown, Ashburton District Council: 0.1% One parent family with adult children only, Ashburton District Council: 2.8% One parent family with dependent children, Ashburton District Council: 7.7% Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Ashburton District Council: 0.2% Couple with adult children only, Ashburton District Council: 5.8% Couple with dependent children, Ashburton District Council: 34.7%
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, Ashburton District Council: +495 One parent family with adult children only, Ashburton District Council: +45 One parent family with dependent children, Ashburton District Council: +60 Couple with children - dependency status unknown, Ashburton District Council: +6 Couple with adult children only, Ashburton District Council: +6 Couple with dependent children, Ashburton District Council: +351
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 Ashburton District Council in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 40.7% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 10.6% 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 Ashburton District Council, 48.6% compared to 40.9% in the New Zealand.

Emerging groups

The number of families in Ashburton District Council increased by 972 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Couple without children (+495 households)
  • Couple with dependent children (+351 households)
  • One parent family with dependent children (+60 households)

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