This was the first census period where the median personal income was higher in Christchurch than for all of New Zealand. This data is for the working age population only. When adjusted for inflation, the median personal income in Christchurch increased from $23,400 in 2006 to $24,850 in 2013, an increase of 6%. The largest inter-census increase for the city was 16%, between 2001 and 2006.
Areas with low incomes
Areas near the university had amongst the lowest incomes in the city. Over half of the working age population in the following area units had an annual income of less than $20,000 in 2013: Paparua (66%), Ilam (61%), Upper Riccarton (58%), Riccarton West (58%), Wharenui (54%) and Aranui (51%).
- View interactive 2013 personal income maps (external link) at the area unit and meshblock level.
Source of Income
In 2013, the most common source of income for Christchurch City's working age population was from wages and salary, with 62% of the working age population receiving at least one form of income from this source. This has increased by three percent since 1996. Investments were the next common source of income, with 23% of people receiving this type of income, although this proportion has been decreasing since 1996. The proportion of people receiving a government-sourced income decreased from 42 percent in 1996 to 34 percent in 2013.