Overall life satisfaction

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

Please contact us at info@stats.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Why is this important for social statistics?

Overall life satisfaction is a way to measure well-being. It’s a subjective, or self-assessed, measure that shows how satisfied people are with their lives.

Circumstances that may influence life satisfaction include health, education, employment, income, personality, family and social connections, civil and human rights, levels of trust in others, and opportunities for democratic participation.

This indicator measures how satisfied people aged 15 years and over say they are with their lives overall.

Downloadable file:

excel icon. Overall life satisfaction – tables (Excel, 4 sheets, 19kb)

Includes breakdowns by age, ethnic group, and household income.

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