In the 2013 Census there were 129,100 households in the city. This is a decrease of 4,700 since 2006.

The number of households is closely linked to the number of occupied dwellings in a city.

It is helpful in understanding dynamics in the general population and can help in guiding service provision decisions. It also impacts on infrastructure provision.

Topic Status Key findings
Number of Households Decreasing trend

In the 2013 Census, there were 129,100 households in Christchurch City.

The number of households in Christchurch decreased following the earthquakes. Between 2006 and 2013 there was a 4,700 decrease (-3.5%). Further information.

Number of People per Household No trend discernible

The average number of people in each Christchurch household has remained at around 2.5 since 2001.

This is lower than in Selwyn (2.9 in 2013) and Waimakariri (2.6). Further information.

Location of Households Snapshot
In 2013, the area units(external link) with the highest number of households per hectare were located just outside of the central city. They were the St Albans West, St Albans East, Edgeware, and Linwood area units. Further information.

Number of households

In the 2013 Census, there were 129,100 households in Christchurch City, which was 4,700 fewer than in 2006 (a 3.5% decrease). This can be attributed to the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, which resulted in thousands of residential dwellings being uninhabitable and/or red zoned.

Following the earthquakes, there were not enough dwellings within Christchurch for affected households to move to, meaning some left Christchurch either temporarily or permanently.

Many of Christchurch City's residents move just beyond the City's boundary to within commuting distance of Christchurch. In 2013, the city's neighbouring districts of Waimakariri and Selwyn had a combined 33,500 households. This was an increase of 6,200 households from 2006, which equated to a 23% increase.

Number of people per household

The average household size in Christchurch has remained relatively static since 2001, at around 2.5 people per household in the 2013 Census. 

In 2013, the neighbouring districts of Waimakariri and Selwyn both had higher average household sizes than Christchurch, at 2.6 and 2.9 people respectively. This reflects the higher proportion of families with children in these districts.

Location of households

The majority of the city's households are located within existing central or suburban/infill areas (92,000 or 82%).

Around 17% of households are located in recently developed greenfield areas, while around 1% are located within rural or semi-rural areas around the city, including Banks Peninsula.

View interactive households map(external link) from the 2013 Census.


Further information

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