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Families and households

Increase in the number of two- or more family households

While small in numbers, there was a 43.9 percent increase in the number of two- or more family households in greater Christchurch between 2006 and 2013. This family type made up 2.5 percent of households (3,921) in 2013, an increase from 1.7 percent of households (2,724) in 2006.

Nationally, two- or more family households made up 3.4 percent of households in 2013, an increase from 2.8 percent in 2006.  

Household composition
For greater Christchurch households in occupied private dwellings
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Household composition 2006 Census 2013 Census Percentage change 2006–2013 Censuses
One-family household (with or without other people) 108,924 108,696 -0.2
Two- or more family household (with or without other people) 2,724 3,921 43.9
Other multi-person household   9,546 8,832 -7.5
One-person household 38,205 37,998 -0.5
Total stated 159,399 159,450 0.3
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Slight decrease in separations compared with 2006

In 2013, greater Christchurch had a slightly lower percentage of people separated (3.6 percent) compared with 2006 (3.8 percent). It also had slightly more people divorced (8.2 percent in 2013 compared with 8.0 percent in 2006).

Legally registered relationship status
For greater Christchurch usual residents aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Relationship status(1) 2006 Census 2013 Census
Number Percent Number Percent
Never married and never in a civil union 110,307 34.2 116,112 35.4
Married (not separated) 154,155 47.8 155,436 47.4
Separated(2)  12,129 3.8 11,706 3.6
Divorced or dissolved(3) 25,875 8.0 27,066 8.2
Widowed or surviving civil union partner(4) 19,698 6.1 17,940 5.5
Total stated(5) 322,164 328,260

1. Previously legal marital status.
2. People who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
3. Dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
4. In 2006, this was called widowed or bereaved civil union partner.
5. Excludes residual categories (not elsewhere included).
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand

In greater Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand, the proportions of adults (15 years and over) who were never married or joined in a civil union were:

  • Christchurch city – 37.5 percent
  • Waimakariri district – 26.0 percent
  • Selwyn district – 29.4 percent
  • New Zealand – 35.0 percent.
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