The Wellington Region
In the Wellington Region, 42.0% of households were made up of family type 'couples with children' compared with 42.0% in the North Island 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.
Derived from the Census questions:
'How is each person in the household related to you?'
|Family by type||Number||%||North Island %||Number||%||North Island %||2006 to 2013|
|Couples with children||52,497||42.0||42.0||49,908||42.4||42.6||+2,589||569||1425|
|Couple with dependent children||42,981||34.4||34.0||41,409||35.2||35.2||+1,572||570||1425|
|Couple with adult children only||9,393||7.5||7.9||8,406||7.1||7.2||+987||571||1425|
|Couple with children - dependency status unknown||123||0.1||0.1||93||0.1||0.1||+30||572||1425|
|One parent families||21,237||17.0||18.8||20,736||17.6||19.1||+501||573||1425|
|One parent family with dependent children||14,847||11.9||13.5||15,225||12.9||14.4||-378||574||1425|
|One parent family with adult children only||6,246||5.0||5.2||5,409||4.6||4.6||+837||575||1425|
|One parent family with children - dependency status unknown||144||0.1||0.1||102||0.1||0.1||+42||576||1425|
|Couple without children||51,204||41.0||39.2||47,064||40.0||38.3||+4,140||578||1425|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window) , the population experts.
Analysis of the family types in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a similar proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 42.0% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 17.0% were one-parent families, compared with 42.0% and 18.8% respectively for the North Island.
There were a higher proportion of couples without children in the Wellington Region, 41.0% compared to 39.2% in the North Island.
The number of families in the Wellington Region increased by 7,230 between 2006 and 2013.
The largest changes in family types in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:
- Couple without children (+4,140 households)
- Couple with dependent children (+1,572 households)
- Couple with adult children only (+987 households)
- One parent family with adult children only (+837 households)