Ashburton District Council
Household income quartiles
In the Ashburton District Council, the 'medium lowest' quartile was the largest group in 2018, comprising 28.7% of households with income.
Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. 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 Ashburton District Council's socio-economic status and economic opportunities. Household 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 a powerful and objective way of looking at income data and in particular, how it is changing.
A detailed explanation of how Household 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 2018'
Persons aged 15 years and over
|Household income quartiles|
|Ashburton District Council||2018||2006||Change|
|Quartile group||Number||%||New Zealand %||Number||%||New Zealand %||2006 to 2018|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2006 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window) , the population experts.
|Household income - Quartile group dollar ranges|
|Calculated from income data for New Zealand||Annual income by Census year|
|Household income ranges||2013||2006||2001|
|Lowest group||$0 to $33,001||$0 to $25,168||$0 to $20,627|
|Medium lowest||$33,002 to $63,996||$25,169 to $51,433||$20,628 to $39,587|
|Medium highest||$63,996 to $109,431||$51,433 to $89,107||$39,587 to $67,291|
|Highest group||$109,431 and over||$89,107 and over||$67,291 and over|
Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by income quartile in Ashburton District Council compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lesser proportion of households in the highest income quartile, as well as a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.
The most significant change in Ashburton District Council between 2006 and 2018 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 588 households.