2018 Census of Population and Dwellings - Individual Variables (Published)

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2018 Census of Population and Dwellings - Individual Variables (Published)

For classification see Aria.

The category for '2018 Census' indicates where we had a 2018 Census response, the other categories indicate where alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for were used.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

A visitor to a dwelling is a person who was present in a dwelling on census night but does not usually reside there.

See the ‘Dwelling’ definition in Dwelling definitions.

For classification see Aria.

This denotes whether a person is an absentee or not. If a person is an absentee, the flag indicates if they were listed on their usual residence dwelling form as an absentee.

For classification see Aria.

Absentee in New Zealand on census night provides information on whether absentees were elsewhere in New Zealand or were overseas on census night.

An absentee is identified on the census dwelling form or the household summary page as someone who usually lives in a particular dwelling but has not completed a census individual form there – because the person was elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas on census night. Such a person may have completed a census individual form elsewhere in New Zealand.

The dwelling form and household summary page provide guidance on who to count/not count as an absentee in the census.

Included are children away at boarding school, people away on holiday, away for work, in hospital for a short time, and so on.

Excluded are university or other tertiary students who live somewhere else for most of the year.

For classification see Aria.

NOTE: this variable is rated as very poor quality.

Absentee time away from New Zealand collects information on how long an absentee, who is overseas on census night, is away from New Zealand. The amount of time away is differentiated by whether the absentee is away from New Zealand for less than 12 months or for 12 months or more.

An absentee is identified on the census dwelling form or the household summary page as someone who usually lives in a particular dwelling but has not completed a census individual form there – because the person was elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas on census night. Such a person may have completed a census individual form elsewhere in New Zealand.

The dwelling form and household summary page provide guidance on who to count/not count as an absentee in the census.

Included are children away at boarding school, people away on holiday, away for work, in hospital for a short time, and so on.

Excluded are university or other tertiary students who live somewhere else for most of the year.

For classification see Aria.

NOTE: this variable is rated as very poor quality.

Age is the length of time a person has been alive, measured in complete, elapsed years. It is measured as the difference between ‘date of birth’ and 6 March 2018.

For classification see Aria.

Age is the length of time a person has been alive, measured in complete, elapsed years. It is measured as the difference between ‘date of birth’ and 6 March 2018.

For classification see Aria.

Age is the length of time a person has been alive, measured in complete, elapsed years. It is measured as the difference between ‘date of birth’ and 6 March 2018.

For classification see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

Sex

Sex is the distinction between males and females based on the biological differences in sexual characteristics.

For classification see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

The number of children born is the number of children ever born to each female aged 15 years and over, who usually live in New Zealand. Foetal deaths are excluded, as are stepchildren, adopted children, foster children, and wards of the state. In a change from previous censuses, the 2018 Census question did not explicitly exclude stillborn children.

For classification see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

Month of arrival in New Zealand is the month a person born overseas first arrived in New Zealand to live. This variable is used with year of arrival.

For classification see Aria.

Year of arrival in New Zealand is the year a person born overseas first arrived in New Zealand to live.

For classification see Aria.

Years since arrival in New Zealand is the number of completed years up to census night, since a person born overseas first arrived in New Zealand to live, irrespective of any intervening absences, whether temporary or long term.

For classification see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

Years at usual residence is the number of completed years up to census night that a person has lived at their usual residence. Short-term absence may be ignored, but long-term absence of 12 months or more is excluded.

For classification see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

Ethnicity is the ethnic group or groups a person identifies with or has a sense of belonging to. It is a measure of cultural affiliation (in contrast to race, ancestry, nationality, or citizenship). Ethnicity is self-perceived and a person can belong to more than one ethnic group.

An ethnic group is made up of people who have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • a common proper name
  • one or more elements of common culture that need not be specified, but may include religion, customs, or language
  • a unique community of interests, feelings, and actions
  • a shared sense of common origins or ancestry
  • a common geographic origin.

For full classification with levels 1-4 see Aria. Code 'i_ethnic_output_level1' is for the first level of the classification and 'i_ethnic_output_level4' is for the lowest level of the classification.

These are the individual fields for each ethnic group indicated. The categories are the same as for the ethnic group (total responses).

See the 'Ethnicity/ethnic group' definition in Individual definitions.

For full classification with levels 1-4 for each field see Aria.

Stats NZ has used alternative data sources for missing census responses and responses that could not be classified or did not provide the type of information asked for. We used responses from the 2018 Census, 2013 Census, administrative data, and imputation.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

In ethnic group (grouped total responses) a person belonging to more than one ethnic group is counted once in each group. For example, at level one of this classification, a person of Samoan, Tongan, and German ethnicity would be counted once in the category of Pacific peoples and once as European.

See the 'Ethnicity/ethnic group' definition in Individual definitions and the ‘Total responses’ definition in General definitions.

For full classification with levels 1-2 see Aria.

See the 'Ethnicity/ethnic group' definition in Individual definitions and the 'Single and combination' definition in General definitions.

For classification see Aria.

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