2006 Census Stats

love all the data you can get from the census. It's invaluable for politics, for polling and just for knowing about your country. I'd have them annually if I could 🙂

A few interesting facts from the 2006 Census:

* We have 4,027,947 people living in 1,471,746 dweelings which is an average of 2,74 people per dwelling
* 14% of NZers identify as
* The Asian population has increased 50%, and is now 8.8%
* A massive 11.1% of respondents went out of their way to write New Zealander as their ethnic group ( is much higher than I expected – 2% in 2001)
* NI pop is up 8.1% and SI 6.7% which should mean an extra NI seat unless they have had a disproportionate number swap to the Maori roll
* We have 744 North American Indians in NZ, 201 Pitcairn Islanders, 108 Estonians, and 39 Falkand Islanders.
* The Iwi with the most members are Ngapuhi at 122,211, Ngati Porou 71,907 and Nga Tahu 49,185.
* 157,134 NZers do not speak English
* 157,100 speak Maori, 85, 428 Samoan, 53,757 French, 24,090 Sign Lanuage, 44,589 Hindi, and 15,873 Gujarati
* For primary means of travel to work, 8.3% work at home, 10.3% were not at work, 58.6% drove, 4.6% were passengers, 3.0% went by bus, 1.0% by train, 1.0% by motor cycle, 1.9% by bike and 5.3% walked
* The average number of children per female is 1.83. Of those with any children it is 2.67
* The most popular occupation was sales assistant at 93,940. We have 14,493 CEOs, 9,270 hairdressers, 9,084 lawyers, 6,996 sewing machinists, 6,075 Sales/PR Managers and 3,069 market research analysts!
* 36.7% of NZers have no religion, 15.7% Anglican, 14.3% Catholic, 10.9% Presbyterian, 1.8% Hindu, 1.4% Ratana, 1.2% Mormon, 1.0% Muslim, 0.2% Jewish and 0.1% Exclusive Brethren
* Only 2% of households have no systems, 74% have cellphones, 60% Internet access
* There are 867,696 male-female couples, 2,655 male-male couples and 3,516 female-female couples. Hence only 0.7% of official couples are same sex.
* 112,758 households have no motor vehicle but 222,204 have three or more
* The median age is 35.9 years, but for Maori only 22.7 years
* 23.7% of Maori speak Maori
* The number of people living in the Willis Street Area Unit has increased 51% since 2001, and up 22% in Thorndon.

Oh I could spend days going through all these tables!

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