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Households

A household is a person or group of people living in a single home or dwelling. Statistics about households include household size, such as the number of occupants, and household make-up, such as one-person households, one-family households, extended-family households, and households of unrelated people. Detailed information includes household income, whether the house is owned or rented, whether the house is overcrowded, the household's emergency preparedness, and access to vehicles and the Internet.

Latest news

2013 Census QuickStats about families and households (published 2014)
2013 Census information about a variety of topics relating to families and households in New Zealand, at both a national and subnational level.

Information releases

Explore our latest statistics about households.

Household Economic Survey 
Annual information on the incomes and expenditure patterns of private households in New Zealand.

Household Use of Information and Communication Technology 
Published every two years, this release provides information on household and individual access to information and communication technology.

New Zealand General Social Survey 
Information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. Covers a wide range of social and economic measures and how well-being outcomes are distributed across different population groups.

National family and household projections 
Updated every 2–3 years, projections give an indication of the future number of families and households in New Zealand by broad family type and broad household type, based on different combinations of fertility, mortality, migration, and living arrangement type assumptions.

Subnational family and household projections 
Updated every 2–3 years, projections give an indication of the future number of families and households in regions and territorial authority areas within New Zealand by broad family type and broad household type, based on different combinations of fertility, mortality, migration, and living arrangement type assumptions.

Data

Analyse the numbers.

Dwelling and household estimates 
National dwelling and household estimates updated quarterly. 

Household economic tables
Tables on household expenditure and material standard of living in NZ.Stat – our free web tool for creating and customising tables.

National family and household projections – tables
New Zealand family and household projections by broad family type and household type, and population by living arrangement type, age, and sex in NZ.Stat.

Subnational family and household projections – tables
Regional council, territorial authority, and Auckland local board area family and household projections by broad family type and household type, and population by living arrangement type and age in NZ.Stat.

Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

Inside Auckland 2013–15: A profile of people and households in the Auckland region (published 2015)
A profile of the individuals and households living in the Auckland region and how the region differs from the rest of New Zealand.

Household spending compared with 40 years ago – infographic (published 2013)
Statistical story in pictures, celebrating 40 years of the Household Economic Survey.

Finding the crowding index that works best for New Zealand: Applying different crowding indexes to Census of Population and Dwellings data for 1986–2006 (published 2012)
Research reveals the Canadian National Occupancy Standard, a measure of household crowding, worked best in the New Zealand context. This study recommends its use.

How prepared are New Zealanders for a natural disaster? (published 2012)
Report outlining preparations New Zealand households have made for a natural disaster, using information from the 2010 New Zealand General Social Survey.

Homelessness definition (published 2009)
A definition to help housing-service providers be consistent in the way they collect and report their data.

Housing indicators 2008 (published 2008)
Housing indicators based on 2006 Census data and rebased to the 2006 meshblock areas.

New Zealand General Social Survey 2008 Fact Sheet: Natural disaster preparation at home
Three groupings of natural disaster preparations are used to assess how prepared New Zealand household are for a natural disaster.

View more reports and articles about households.

Information about the data

Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, or a glossary of statistical terms.

Household Economic Survey and Household Economic Survey (Income)
Find details about the surveys' objectives, data, and their questionnaires and classifications

Updated 01 April 2016

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