Could Southland be one of the best places in the country to raise a family?

The wellbeing of Southland families tops most of the regional tables, according to data published by Superu.

The data showed that Southland families were more likely to have affordable housing than any other region (86% vs. 67.3% nationally), and family members were more likely to be employed (83.5% vs. 80.4% nationally) and to be satisfied with their working hours and pay (65.4% vs. 59% nationally). Couples with children under 18, in particular, scored above average on several economic and housing indicators compared to similar families nationwide.

“While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data clearly show that Southland is a great place to live and raise a family. From affordable housing, to standard of living, mental health, employment and pay, Southlanders have a lot to celebrate. The region’s stellar results across a broad range of indicators were comparable only with Wellington,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.

“Despite a high performance across the key wellbeing indicators, Southland families were the least likely to have at least one family member with post-secondary education than any other region (53.4% vs. 62.9% nationally). However, the results around employment and pay demonstrate that this wasn’t a barrier to wellbeing.”

In Southland, there were 25,605* families at last count.

See our factsheet on the wellbeing of Southland families, or our factsheets for other regions.  

The factsheets look at the predominance of family types in each region, their ethnicity, and their wellbeing. To assess wellbeing, Superu looked at indicators like health, safety and environment, relationships and connections, identity, economic security and housing, and skills and employment, and compared them with other families across New Zealand.

This regional information is based on the data published in Superu’s 2016 Families and Whānau Status Report, which looked at the make-up and wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau. The report drew on multiple datasets such as the Census, the General Social Survey, the Household Economic Survey, the Disability Survey and the Youth Survey.

“This is the first time that a picture of how families are faring has been provided at a broad regional level. It is important to understand family wellbeing, not just individual wellbeing. There may be sub-regional variations but the data does not enable us to gain those insights at this point.”

* Source: 2013 Census

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Last update: 13 Feb 2017