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Summary table – information by variable

More details about the variables below are available in 2013 Census information by variables.

Variable name Quality level  Quality rating Subject population
Absentee Defining Moderate Individuals who are absent from households in private occupied dwellings
Access to telecommunications Supplementary Very high Households in private occupied dwellings
Age Foremost Very high Census night population
Birthplace Defining Moderate to high Census night population 
Census night address Foremost High Census night population
Census night population count Foremost  High Census night population
Cigarette smoking behaviour Supplementary Moderate to high Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Dwelling occupancy status:
overall dwelling count

Foremost

High All dwellings
Dwelling occupancy status:
unoccupied dwellings count
Defining High All dwellings

Dwelling occupancy status:
dwellings under construction count

Defining High All dwellings
Ethnicity Foremost High Census night population
Extended family type Defining High Extended families in private occupied dwellings
Family type Defining High Families in private occupied dwellings
Fuel type used to heat dwelling Supplementary High Private occupied dwellings
Hours worked in employment per week Defining Moderate Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Household composition Defining High Households in private occupied dwellings
Industry Supplementary High Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Iwi Defining Moderate to high Census usually resident population of Māori descent
Language spoken Supplementary High Census usually resident population
Main means of travel to work Supplementary High Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Māori descent Defining Moderate to high Census usually resident population
Number of children born alive Supplementary High Female census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Number of motor vehicles Supplementary High Households in private occupied dwellings
Number of rooms and number of bedrooms Supplementary High Private occupied dwellings
Occupation Supplementary High Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Occupied dwelling type Defining Moderate Occupied dwellings
Qualification:
highest
Defining

Moderate

Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Qualification:
secondary school
Defining High Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Qualification:
post-school
Defining Moderate Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Relationship status Defining High (except for civil unions, which is poor quality) Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Religious affiliation Supplementary High Census usually resident population
Sector of landlord Defining High (except for Housing New Zealand Corporation data, which is moderate quality) Households in rented private occupied dwellings
Sector of ownership Supplementary High Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Sex Foremost Very high Census night population
Sources of income:
personal
Defining High census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Sources of income:
family
Defining High  Families in private occupied dwellings
Sources of income:
extended family
Defining High Extended families in private occupied dwellings
Sources of income:
household
Defining High Households in private occupied dwellings
Status in employment Defining Very high Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Study participation Defining Moderate to high Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Tenure holder Supplementary High Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Tenure of household Defining Moderate to high Households in private occupied dwellings
Total income:
personal
Defining

Moderate

Census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over
Total income:
family
Defining

Moderate

Families in private occupied dwellings
Total income:
combined parental
Defining

Moderate

Couples with children in private occupied dwellings
Total income:
extended family
Defining Poor Extended families in private occupied dwellings
Total income:
household
Defining Poor Households in private occupied dwellings
Unpaid activities Supplementary Moderate Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Usual residence Foremost High Census usually resident population count
Usual residence five years ago Defining High Census night population
Weekly rent paid by household Defining Moderate to high Households in rented private occupied dwellings
Work and labour force status Defining High Census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Workplace address Supplementary Moderate Employed census usually resident population aged 15 years and over
Years at usual residence Supplementary Moderate to high Census night population
Years since arrival in New Zealand Supplementary Moderate to high Overseas born census usually resident population

Note: On 21 January 2014 we updated the variable name 'Country of birth' to 'Birthplace', to reflect the name used in 2013 Census products and services.

Page updated 21 January 2014

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