Years at usual residence
Years at usual residence is the number of completed years up to census night that a person has lived at their usual residence.
To date, the data collected on years at usual residence has been used to help produce internal migration estimates, which are a key component of population estimates and projections. However, with the suggested inclusion of usual residence one year ago and usual residence five years ago, having data on years at usual residence becomes lower priority for internal migration purposes.
One potential use of the data on years at usual residence is as an indication of the social composition of an area by breaking it down into new and longer-term residents. However, the value and need for this information is unclear at present.
Our current recommendations relating to years at usual residence
- Given the recommendation to include usual residence one year ago, feedback is invited on whether there is still a need to collect information on years at usual residence. Information on how customers use this information is required so that an informed decision can be made on its inclusion or exclusion for the 2018 Census.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 20)for a more detailed discussion on years at usual residence information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the years at usual residence variable.