I love all the data you can get from the census. It’s invaluable for politics, for polling and just for knowing about your country. Hell 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 Maori
* 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 (this 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 telecommunications 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!