Usual residence is the address where a person considers themselves to usually live. It provides a count of all people who usually live in, and were present in New Zealand on census night. It is the only means of distinguishing between those usually resident in New Zealand and overseas visitors, and between those usually living in an area or just there on census night.
Our current recommendations relating to usual residence
The collection of information on usual residence is required by law under the Statistics Act 1975, so this information must be collected in the census.
No change is recommended for usual residence.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 18) for a more detailed discussion on usual residence information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the usual residence variable.