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Franklin District (Census 96) (1996 Census of Population and Dwellings) - Brochure
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On 5 March 1996 everyone in New Zealand filled in a census individual form. This included babies and children as well as visitors to the country. One person in each dwelling filled in a census dwelling form.

The information in this community leaflet is based on the usually resident population.

The figures in these community leaflets exclude a small number of "not specifieds". That is, those people who omitted to provide answers to some census questions such as marital status, educational qualifications, etc. However, these people are included in the total population counts.

Figures for the Maori population include those people who stated New Zealand Maori as either their sole ethnic group or as one of several ethnic groups.

All figures in this leaflet have been randomly rounded to base 3.

Numbers of people

Total population
1996 Census
Males
1996 Census
Females
1996 Census
Total
Change since 1991 Census
    Franklin District
24,042
23,784
47,826
14.5 percent
    New Zealand
1,777,461
1,840,839
3,618,303
7.2 percent

  • With 47,826 people the Franklin District ranks 20th equal with New Plymouth District in size out of the 74 territorial authorities in New Zealand.
  • The Franklin District has 1.3% of the population of New Zealand. The rate of population growth since the 1991 Census is higher than for New Zealand as a whole.


Maori population
1996 Census
Males
1996 Census
Females
1996 Census
Total
Change since 1991 Census
    Franklin District
3,936
3,957
7,890
28.3 percent
    New Zealand
258,000
265,374
523,374
20.4 percent
  • With 7,890 Maori people the Franklin District ranks 24th in size out of the 74 territorial authorities in New Zealand.
  • The Franklin District has 1.5% of the Maori population of New Zealand. The rate of population growth since the 1991 Census is higher than for New Zealand as a whole.

Age and sex

Total population
New Zealand
Age-Sex Structure

District
Age-Sex Structure

  • 13.0% of people in the Franklin District are aged 60 and over compared with all of New Zealand which has 15.4% of people aged 60 and over.
  • The proportion of preschool-age children living in the Franklin District is 8.9% compared with 7.7% for all of New Zealand.

Maori population
Maori in New Zealand
Age-Sex Structure

District
Age-Sex Structure

  • 4.4% of Maori people in the Franklin District are aged 60 and over compared with 5.0% for all Maori in New Zealand.
  • The proportion of preschool-age Maori children living in the Franklin District is 14.8% compared with 13.7% for all Maori of preschool-age.


Ethnic groups
    Total population
  • 77.2% of people (35,379) in the Franklin District said that they belong to the European ethnic group. For all New Zealand 74.8% said they belong to the European ethnic group.
  • 17.2% (7,890) said that they belong to the Maori ethnic group compared with all of New Zealand at 15.1%.
  • The population of the Franklin District contains a smaller proportion of Pacific Island People (2.1) and Asians (3.4%) compared with the whole of New Zealand (at 5.0% and 4.6% respectively).



Marital status
    Total population
  • 9,345 people aged 15 years and over who live in the Franklin District, said they were never married: 19,290 were married and 4,449 were widowed, separated or divorced.
  • 20.5% of people aged 15 years and over (1,914) in the Franklin District who have never been married say that they live with a partner.
    Maori population
  • 2,307 Maori people aged 15 years and over who live in the Franklin District, said they were never married: 1,647 were married and 591 were widowed, separated or divorced.
  • 22.4% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (516) in the Franklin District who have never been married say that they live with a partner.



Languages spoken

Total population
    • 86.3% of the population in the Franklin District (39,519) speak only one language, compared with 83.8% for New Zealand as a whole.
    • 9.5% of the people in the Franklin District (4,341) speak two languages; 639 (1.4%) speak three or more languages.
    • The most common language after English spoken by people in the Franklin District is Maori. For New Zealand as a whole the most common language after English is Maori.
Maori population
    • 71.3% of the Maori population in the Franklin District (5,562) speak only one language, very close to the 71.1% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
    • 1,779 Maori people in the Franklin District (22.8%) speak two languages; 105 (1.4%) speak three or more languages.
    • The most common language after English spoken by Maori in all territorial authorities is Maori.

Education
Total population
  • 38.4% of people aged 15 years and over (12,510) in the Franklin District said they have no formal qualifications compared with 34.7% of people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.
  • 31.8% of people aged 15 years and over (10,359) in the Franklin District said they have a tertiary qualification. This compares with 34.8% for New Zealand as a whole.
Maori population
  • 57.1% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (2,583) in the Franklin District said they have no formal qualifications compared with 49.3% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.
  • 19.8% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (897) living in the Franklin District said they have a tertiary qualification. This compares with 23.1% for all Maori aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.

Households
    Total population
  • In the Franklin District, 77.0% (11,874) of all households are one-family households. For New Zealand as a whole, one-family households make up 70.8% of all households.
  • 2,457 people in the Franklin District live in one-person households which is 15.9% of all households. In New Zealand as a whole, one-person households make up 20.6% of all households.
    Maori population - revised
  • In the Franklin District, 5,907 Maori live in one-family households.
  • 192 Maori people in the Franklin District live in one-person households.

Families

Total population
    • In the Franklin District couples with children (6,393 families) make up 49.5% of all families. Couples with no children make up 35.7% of all families.
    • In New Zealand as a whole, couples with children make up 44.9% of all families and couples with no children make up 37.3% of all families.
    • 14.8% of families (1,911) in the Franklin District are one parent with child(ren) compared with 17.7% for New Zealand as a whole.
Maori population - revised
    • In the Franklin District there were 3,810 Maori living in families consisting of couples with children. There were 690 Maori living in families consisting of couples only.
    • 2,130 Maori in the Franklin District live in families consisting of one parent with child(ren).

Employment and unemployment
    Total population
  • The majority of people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District work in agriculture and fishing occupations whereas the most popular occupational group in New Zealand as a whole is services and sales.
  • The unemployment rate in the Franklin District is 5.3% compared with 7.7% for New Zealand.
    Maori population
  • The majority of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District work as plant and machine operators and assemblers whereas the most popular occupational group for all Maori in New Zealand as a whole is services and sales.
  • The unemployment rate of Maori in the Franklin District is 15.8% compared with 17.5% for all Maori in New Zealand.

Home ownership and rent

Total population
    • 70.3% of permanent private dwellings in the Franklin District are owned with or without a mortgage compared with 67.7% for all of New Zealand.
    • For those who rent, the average weekly rent paid for permanent private dwellings in the Franklin District is $147.07 compared with $160.93 for New Zealand as a whole.
Maori population - revised
    • 48.8% of permanent private dwellings with one or more people resident of Maori ethnicity in the Franklin District are owned with or without a mortgage compared with 51.1% for all of New Zealand.
    • For those who rent, the average weekly rent paid for permanent private dwellings with one or more people resident of Maori ethnicity in the Franklin District is $149.61 compared with $156.85 for New Zealand as a whole.

Income and income sources
    Total population
  • 54.8% of people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District have an annual income of $20,000 or less compared with 58.6% for New Zealand as a whole.
  • 9.7% of people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District have an annual income of more than $50,000 compared with 7.3% for New Zealand as a whole.
  • 4,905 or 14.7% of people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District said they received a government benefit in the 12 months before the 1996 Census. For New Zealand as a whole 19.6% of people aged 15 years and over were in receipt of a government benefit.
    Maori population
  • 66.6% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District have an annual income of $20,000 or less compared with 67.8% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
  • 4.4% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Franklin District have an annual income of more than $50,000 compared with 3.0% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
  • 1,653 or 35.7% of Maori people aged 15 years and over said they received a government benefit in the 12 months before the 1996 Census. For Maori in New Zealand as a whole 39.5% of people aged 15 years and over were in receipt of a government benefit.



Published 30 July 1997






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