Ashburton District Council
24% of the Ashburton District Council's households contained only one person, compared with 22.9% in the New Zealand, with the most dominant household size being 2 persons per household in 2018.
The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home. Household size can also be influenced by a lack (or abundance) of affordable housing. Overseas migrants and indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size.
An increasing household size in an area may indicate a lack of affordable housing opportunities for young people, an increase in the birth rate or an increase in family formation in the area. A declining household size may indicate children leaving the area when they leave home, an increase in retirees settling in the area, or an attraction of young singles and couples to the area.
For greater insight, the Ashburton District Council's Household Size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Summary, Age Structure, Dwelling Type, Household Income and Language Spoken at Home.
Derived from the three Census questions:
'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 5 March 2013 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 5 March 2013)?'
|Ashburton District Council||2018||2006||Change|
|Number of persons usually resident||Number||%||New Zealand %||Number||%||New Zealand %||2006 to 2018|
|6 or more persons||372||3.0||4.5||264||2.4||4.6||+108||380||1429|
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.
Analysis of the number of persons usually resident in a household in the Ashburton District Council compared with the New Zealand shows that there were a higher proportion of lone person households, and a lower proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 23.9% of lone person households, and 21.9% of larger households, compared with 22.9% and 26.6% respectively for the New Zealand.
The major differences in the household size for the Ashburton District Council and the New Zealand were:
- A larger percentage of households with 2 persons usually resident (38.9% compared to 34.0%)
- A smaller percentage of households with 4 persons usually resident (13.1% compared to 15.2%)
- A smaller percentage of households with 6 or more persons usually resident (3.0% compared to 4.5%)
- A smaller percentage of households with 3 persons usually resident (15.3% compared to 16.4%)
The number of households in Ashburton District Council increased by 1,377 between 2006 and 2018.
The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in the Ashburton District Council between 2006 and 2018 were:
- 2 persons (+510 households)
- 3 persons (+291 households)
- 1 person (+282 households)
- 4 persons (+159 households)