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2013 Census QuickStats about a place:
New Zealand

Population and dwellings

Number of people counted

Total population

  • 4,242,048 people usually live in New Zealand. This is an increase of 214,101 people, or 5.3 percent, since the 2006 Census.

Population of New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Sex  
Male 2,064,018
Female 2,178,030
Total people 4,242,048

Source:
Statistics New Zealand


Māori population

  • 598,605 Māori usually live in New Zealand. This is an increase of 33,276 people, or 5.9 percent, since the 2006 Census.

Māori population of New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Sex  
Male 288,639
Female 309,966
Total people 598,605

Source:
Statistics New Zealand


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

Number of dwellings counted

  • There are 1,570,695 occupied dwellings in New Zealand, and 185,448 unoccupied dwellings.
  • There are 9,753 dwellings under construction in New Zealand.

Dwellings in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Occupancy status  
Occupied  
Private dwelling 1,561,956
Non-private dwelling 8,739
Total occupied dwellings 1,570,695
Unoccupied 185,448
Under construction 9,753
Total dwellings 1,765,896

Source:
Statistics New Zealand


Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Age and sex

Total population

  • The median age (half are younger, and half older, than this age) is 38.0 years for people in New Zealand.
  • 14.3 percent of people in New Zealand are aged 65 years and over.
  • 20.4 percent of people in New Zealand are aged under 15 years.

Age and sex of people
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Age and sex of people, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Māori population

  • The median age of Māori (half are younger, and half older, than this age) is 23.9 years in New Zealand.
  • 5.4 percent of Māori in New Zealand are aged 65 years and over.
  • 33.8 percent of Māori in New Zealand are aged under 15 years.

Age and sex of Māori
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Age and sex of Māori, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Cultural diversity

Ethnic groups

  • 74.0 percent of people in New Zealand belong to the European ethnic group.
  • 14.9 percent of people in New Zealand belong to the Māori ethnic group.

Ethnic groups in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Ethnic group(1) Percent
European 74.0
Māori 14.9
Pacific peoples 7.4
Asian 11.8
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 1.2
Other ethnicity  
New Zealander 1.6
Other ethnicity nec 0.0
Total other ethnicity 1.7

1. Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. As a result percentages do not add up to 100.
Note: nec = not elsewhere classified.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace

Total population

  • 25.2 percent of people in New Zealand were born overseas.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in New Zealand, the most common birthplace was England.
  • 32.1 percent of those born overseas had been living in New Zealand for 20 years or more.

Māori population

  • 1.8 percent of Māori in New Zealand were born overseas.

Languages spoken

Total population

  • After English, the next most common language spoken in New Zealand is te reo Māori, which is spoken by 3.7 percent of people.
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by less than one percent of people in New Zealand.
  • 79.8 percent of people in New Zealand speak only one language.

Māori population

  • After English, the next most common language spoken by Māori in New Zealand is te reo Māori, which is spoken by 21.3 percent of Māori.
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by less than one percent of Māori in New Zealand.
  • 76.5 percent of Māori in New Zealand speak only one language.

Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.


Relationship status

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 35.0 percent of people aged 15 years and over living in New Zealand have never married, 48.1 percent are married, and 17.0 percent are separated, divorced, or widowed.
  • 28.2 percent of people in New Zealand aged 15 years and over who have never been married, live with a partner.

Legally registered relationship status for people aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Legally registered relationship status for people aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Māori population aged 15 years and over

  • For Māori aged 15 years and over living in New Zealand, 56.4 percent have never married, 28.2 percent are married, and 15.5 percent are separated, divorced, or widowed.
  • 30.0 percent of Māori in New Zealand aged 15 years and over who have never been married, live with a partner. 

Legally registered relationship status for Māori aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Legally registered relationship status for Māori aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality.  Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.


Qualifications

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 79.1 percent of people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand have a formal qualification.
  • In New Zealand, 20.0 percent of people aged 15 years and over held a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest qualification.

Highest qualification for people aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Highest qualification for people aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Māori population aged 15 years and over

  • 66.7 percent of Māori aged 15 years and over in New Zealand have a formal qualification.
  • In New Zealand, 10.0 percent of Māori aged 15 years and over held a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest qualification.

Highest qualification for Māori aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Highest qualification for Māori aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.


Work

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • The unemployment rate in New Zealand is 7.1 percent for people aged 15 years and over.
  • The most common occupational group in New Zealand is 'professionals'.

Occupation for employed people aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Occupation for employed people aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Māori population aged 15 years and over

  • The unemployment rate of Māori aged 15 years and over in New Zealand is 15.6 percent.
  • The most common occupational group for Māori in New Zealand is 'labourers'.

Occupation for employed Māori aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Occupation for employed Māori aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.


Income

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • For people aged 15 years and over, the median income (half earn more, and half less, than this amount) in New Zealand is $28,500.
  • 38.2 percent of people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand have an annual income of $20,000 or less.
  • In New Zealand, 26.7 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000.

Total personal income for people aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Total personal income for people aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Māori population aged 15 years and over

  • For Māori aged 15 years and over, the median income (half earn more, and half less, than this amount) in New Zealand is $22,500.
  • In New Zealand, 46.3 percent of Māori aged 15 years and over have an annual income of $20,000 or less.
  • 18.1 percent of Māori aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000.

Total personal income for Māori aged 15 years and over
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Total personal income for Māori aged 15 years and over, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group usually resident population count. It includes those people who state Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same sata may vary in different text, tables and graphs.


Families

Family type

  • Couples with children make up 41.3 percent of all families in New Zealand, while couples without children make up 40.9 percent of all families
  • 17.8 percent of families in New Zealand are one parent with children families.

Family type
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Family type, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for families in occupied private dwellings.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Households

Household composition

  • One-family households make up 68.3 percent of all households in New Zealand.
  • In New Zealand, there are 355,242 one-person households making up 23.5 percent of all households.
  • The average household size in New Zealand is 2.7 people.

Household composition
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Household composition, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Phone, fax, and Internet

Access to phones, fax machines, and Internet

  • 76.8 percent of households in New Zealand have access to the Internet.
  • In New Zealand, 83.7 percent of households have access to a cellphone.

Access to phones, fax machines, and Internet
New Zealand
2013 Census


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Transport

Access to motor vehicles

  • 16.1 percent of households in New Zealand have access to three or more motor vehicles.

Access to motor vehicles
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Access to motor vehicles, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Main means of travel to work

  • The most common means of travel to work on census day for people in New Zealand was driving a private car, truck or van (62.7 percent of people who travelled to work used this form of transport).
  • This was followed by driving a company car, truck or van (14.0 percent) and walking or jogging (6.8 percent).

Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.


Housing

Home ownership

  • In New Zealand, 64.8 percent of households in occupied private dwellings owned the dwelling or held it in a family trust.
  • For households in New Zealand who rented the dwelling that they lived in, the median weekly rent paid was $280.

Home ownership by household
New Zealand
2013 Census
Graph, Home ownership by households, New Zealand, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.

Building consents

Building consent data for the year ended December 2013 showed that:

  • The total number of building consents issued for dwellings, including apartments, in New Zealand was 21,288.
  • The total number of building consents issued for apartments in New Zealand was 2,408.
  • The total value of residential building work in New Zealand was $7,899,856,877.
  • The total value of non-residential building work in New Zealand was $4,175,481,740.

Note: Building consent data is obtained from all accredited building consent authorities (ie territorial authorities) and is compiled if the building consent issued is valued over $5000. See data quality information on building consents.


Business

Business demographics

Business demographic data for the year ended February 2013 showed that:

  • There were 507,908 business locations (geographic units) in New Zealand. This is an increase of 3.0 percent from the year ended February 2006.
  • There were 1,941,040 paid employees in New Zealand. This is an increase of 2.6 percent from the year ended February 2006.

Top five industries in New Zealand
By employee count
For year ended February 2013
 
Industry (ANZSIC06)(1) Employee count Percent of total employee count
Manufacturing 211,710 10.9
Health care and social assistance 211,350 10.9
Retail trade 195,870 10.1
Education and training 167,240 8.6
Professional, scientific and technical services 153,120 7.9
 
1. Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06 V1.0).
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: Business demographic data is sourced from a register of economically significant businesses which is maintained by Statistics New Zealand. See data quality information on business demographics.

Employee count data has been randomly rounded. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.

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