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Extended families

Number of extended families increases by just over half since 2001

The number of extended families in New Zealand increased by just over half (54.9 percent) since the 2001 Census. In 2013, there were 100,605 extended families, up from 82,692 in 2006, and 64,929 in 2001.

In the census, an extended family is a group of related people usually living together:

  • either as a family with one or more other related people, or
  • as two or more related families, with or without other related people.

Therefore, the extended family data from the census relates to extended families within households.

Extended families most likely to be three or more generations

In 2013, over half of extended families consisted of three or more generations. Two-generation extended families were not as common – just over one-third of extended families were this type. One-generation extended families (such as couples living with siblings or cousins) were relatively rare, at 5.4 percent.

As a proportion of all extended families, extended families of three or more generations increased, to reach 58.2 percent in 2013. This was up from 52.8 percent in 2006, and 51.2 percent in 2001. Two-generation extended families decreased to 36.4 percent in 2013 – down from 41.5 percent in 2006, and 43.0 percent in 2001.

Graph, Extended family type, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses.

Auckland has nearly half of all extended families

The Auckland region had nearly half of all extended families in New Zealand, with 48,405 extended families.

The Auckland local board areas with the highest number of extended families were:

  • Howick – 4,836 extended families
  • Otara-Papatoetoe – 4,722 extended families
  • Mangere-Otahuhu – 4,590 extended families.

In each of these local board areas, two-thirds of extended families included three or more generations.

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