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Following a period of slow growth, since 2015 the real median household income in the Waikato region has rebounded to a record high level.

This indicator is real median household income in the Waikato region. It is calculated from median weekly household income from the New Zealand Income Survey, adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) (a measure of the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households).

Why is this indicator important?

How much households earn determines their purchasing power and material standard of living, which has a direct link with the health of our regional and national economy. This measure identifies the midpoint of the range of weekly household income reportedly received during that year.


Bar chart of median weekly household incometable of median weekly household income

What is this indicator telling us? 

  • Median weekly household income in the Waikato region has risen to around $50 below the national average. Weekly household income in the Waikato region was $1486 in 2016 compared to $1534 for New Zealand overall.
  • Median weekly household income in the Waikato region reached a record high in June 2016. At the regional and national levels, after adjusting for inflation, real median weekly household income was more than ten per cent higher in 2016 than in 2007.

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Data are found online using Statistics New Zealand's (SNZ) NZ.Stat Table Builder(external link) for median weekly household income by region.

These SNZ data have been inflation adjusted to June 2015 dollars using June quarter Consumer Price Index (CPI) values(external link).

Update details: Annual series with June quarter survey results available in the first week of October.

Customised data request requirements: Nil


Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: No

Other regions: No 

New Zealand: Yes 

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Comparative data between New Zealand and other countries/OECD are available for various measures of income per capita(external link).

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