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Census usually resident population count

Definition

The census usually resident population count of New Zealand is a count of all people enumerated by census, who usually live in New Zealand, and were present in New Zealand on census night.

A person is considered ‘present in New Zealand’ if on census night, they were:

  • on New Zealand soil
  • on a vessel in New Zealand waters
  • travelling between New Zealand ports.

The census usually resident population count is as at midnight on census night.

Subnational counts

The census usually resident population count of an area in New Zealand is a count of all people enumerated by census, who usually live in that area, and were present in New Zealand on census night.

For example, a Christchurch city resident visiting Wellington city on census night is included in the census usually resident population count of Christchurch city.

The term ‘usual residence’ is defined in the glossary.

Who is in this count?

Included

  • Residents in New Zealand.
  • Residents temporarily elsewhere in New Zealand are included at their usual address (for subnational counts only).

Excluded

  • Residents temporarily overseas.
  • Visitors from overseas.
  • Visitors from elsewhere in New Zealand (for subnational counts only).

Data quality

During the census collection process, we apply strategies to try to count everyone in New Zealand.

If we get sufficient evidence during the collection process that a person exists or a dwelling was occupied, but do not receive a corresponding form, we create a substitute record. We do this during the processing stage.

Inevitably, given the complexity and size of the census, some people in New Zealand on census night are not counted by the census. Apart from creating substitute records (as described above), we make no adjustment to the census usually resident population count for undercount or overcount.

How to use this term

The wording of the term ‘census usually resident population count’ clarifies its source as a census count, and differentiates it from the other two population measures.

Use the full standard term when presenting data. For example:

  • “The census usually resident population count of New Zealand at 5 March 2013 was 4,242,048.”

Do not use shortened terms, such as ‘usually resident population’ and ‘resident population’, because they can be confused with other population measures.

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