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Christchurch City Community Profile

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Population | Age profile | Education | Ethnic groups | Income | Employment | Families | Households | Business


Population

At the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings:

  • The census usually resident population count for Christchurch City1 was 316,224, a change of 2.3 percent since 1996.
  • In comparison, the population for New Zealand as a whole has changed by 3.3 percent since 1996.

Numbers of people counted

  Christchurch City New Zealand
Males 152,238 1,823,007
Females 163,989 1,914,273
Total 316,224 3,737,277
Change since 1996 Census   7,194 118,974

1The area used for this profile is based on Statistics New Zealand's territorial authority.

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Age profile

At the 2001 Census:

  • 19.3 percent of people in Christchurch City were under the age of 15 years, compared with 22.7 percent for all of New Zealand.
  • 13.7 percent of people in Christchurch City were aged 65 years and over compared with 12.1 percent for all of New Zealand.

Age distribution

years

Christchurch City
New Zealand

0-14

15-64

65+







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Education

At the 2001 Census:

  • 32.8 percent of people aged 15 years and over in Christchurch City had a post-school qualification, compared with 32.2 percent for New Zealand as a whole.

Highest qualification

qualification

Christchurch City
New Zealand

No qualification

School

Post-school







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Ethnic groups (total responses)

At the 2001 Census:

  • 89.5 percent of people in Christchurch City said they belong to the European ethnic group, compared with 80.1 percent for all of New Zealand.

Ethnic groups (total responses)

ethnic group

Christchurch City
New Zealand

European

Maori

Pacific Peoples  

Asian

Other







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Income

At the 2001 Census:

  • The median income of people in Christchurch City is $17,600, compared with $18,500 for all of New Zealand.

Income

dollars

Christchurch City
New Zealand

100,001 or more

70,001 - 100,000  

50,001 - 70,000

40,001 - 50,000

30,001 - 40,000

20,001 - 30,000

10,001 - 20,000

1 - 10,000

Nil

Loss







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Employment

At the 2001 Census:

  • The unemployment rate in Christchurch City was 6.8 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for all of New Zealand.
  • The most popular occupational group in Christchurch City was Service and Sales Workers (16.8 percent). The most popular occupational group for New Zealand as a whole was Service and Sales Workers (14.8 percent).

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Families

At the 2001 Census:

  • There were 81,408 families in Christchurch City.

Family type

  Christchurch City New Zealand
Couples with child(ren) 39.9% 42.1%
Couples without children 40.7% 39.0%
One parent with child(ren)   19.4% 18.9%

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Households

At the 2001 Census:

  • The average household size in Christchurch City was 2.5 people, compared with 2.7 for all of New Zealand.
  • 97.4 percent of households in Christchurch City had access to a telephone, compared with 96.3 percent for all of New Zealand.
  • 38.0 percent of households in Christchurch City had access to the internet, compared with 37.4 percent for all of New Zealand.
  • 88.9 percent of households in Christchurch City had access to a motor vehicle, compared with 89.9 percent for the whole of New Zealand.
  • There were 121,833 households in Christchurch City.
  • For dwellings that were rented, the average weekly rent paid for permanent private dwellings in Christchurch City was $164, compared with $174 for New Zealand as a whole.
  • 68.1 percent of dwellings in Christchurch City were owned with or without a mortgage, compared with 67.8 percent for all of New Zealand.

Information from data collected in the 2001 Household Expenditure Survey shows that:

  • The total average annual spending for households in Christchurch City was $40,492 compared with $43,682 for the whole of New Zealand.

Average annual household spending for select groups

  Christchurch City New Zealand
Food $6,429 $7,004
Housing $8,975 $10,159
Housing Operation   $5,018 $5,472
Transportation $6,580 $7,358

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Business

In 2002:

  • There were 25,122 business locations (geographic units) in Christchurch City compared with 309,749 for all of New Zealand.

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The information in this profile is based on the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings, the 2001 Household Expenditure Survey and the New Zealand Business Demographic Statistics.

All population statistics are for the census usually resident population count and have been randomly rounded to base three to preserve confidentiality.

Percentages have been calculated against complete responses; that is, they exclude cases where no answers were provided and have been calculated on the rounded data so do not always total 100%.

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This page last modified on: 30 May 2003


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