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Indicator 10: years at usual residence

Discussion

New Zealanders are becoming more mobile. In 2006, more than half (57.7 percent) of the total usually resident population had changed their usual residence at least once in the previous five years.

The median number of years people had been living in their usual residence in New Zealand was 3.7.

The decision to move is a matter of preference and personal choice. However, the decreasing trend of home ownership, affordability issues, lifestyle preferences and job demands in the last 10 years have had a significant impact on many New Zealanders’ decision to relocate.

This indicator explores the ethnicity, age, sex and household income of different types of tenure.

In the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, the territorial authorities with the highest proportion of people who changed their usual residence at least once in the previous five years were Queenstown-Lakes District, Hamilton City and Tauranga District. The lowest proportion was in the Wairoa District.

Graph, Percentage of Usual Residents Who Have Moved at Least Once in Previous 5 Years.

Tables

6.1 Median years at usual residence by ethnicity for households in private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
6.2 Median years at usual residence by household, for households in private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
6.3 Median years at usual residence by household income for households in private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
6.4 Median years at usual residence by tenure of household for households in private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006

Specifications

  • Data source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings
  • Frequency: five yearly (available from 1996 onwards)
  • Geographic level of data availability: New Zealand, regional council, territorial authority and urban area.
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