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Total family income

Growth in median family income slows

The median family income from all sources was:

  • $72,700 in 2013
  • $59,000 in 2006
  • $46,100 in 2001.

This means that median family income from all sources increased by:

  • 23.2 percent in the seven years from 2006 to 2013
  • 28.0 percent in the five years from 2001 to 2006.

The median family income from all sources varied by family type:

  • couples without children had a median family income of $70,900
  • one-parent families had a median family income of $33,100
  • couples with child(ren) had a median family income of $92,000.

For family types that include children, the children can be of any age, so could include adult children living at home and contributing to the total family income.

Over half of one-parent families receive an annual income of $40,000 or less

In 2013, the percentages of families receiving a family income from all sources of $40,000 or less were:

  • 24.7 percent for couples without children
  • 60.6 percent for one-parent families
  • 10.2 percent for couples with child(ren).

North Island home to regions with highest and lowest median family incomes

In the regional council areas, the highest median family incomes from all sources were in:

  • Wellington ($85,600)
  • Auckland ($78,600)
  • Canterbury ($75,900).

The regional council areas with the lowest median family income from all sources were:

  • Northland ($56,100)
  • Gisborne ($57,300)
  • Manawatu-Wanganui ($61,400).

Map, median family income by regional council area, 2013 Census.

Wellington city has highest median family income

Of the territorial authority areas, the highest median family incomes from all sources were in:

  • Wellington city ($103,600)
  • Selwyn district ($90,000)
  • Porirua city ($82,300).

Of the territorial authority areas, the lowest median family incomes from all sources were in:

  • Kawerau district ($41,500)
  • Opotiki district ($48,400)
  • Wairoa district ($49,200)

Of the Auckland local board areas, the highest median family incomes from all sources were in:

  • Orakei ($123,900)
  • Waitemata ($98,600)
  • Devonport-Takapuna ($96,900).

Of the Auckland local board areas, the lowest median family incomes from all sources were in:

  • Great Barrier ($40,700)
  • Mangere-Otahuhu ($50,700)
  • Otara-Papatoetoe ($52,500).

Note: Use caution when interpreting family income data because of the relatively high percentage in the ‘not stated’ category. High non-response rates can lead to bias in the data. This bias affects the aggregates and the distribution, with the proportion of people in low-income bands being under-counted. The bias means the data is not fit for use for certain purposes. The 2013 Census information by variable has more data-quality information.

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