Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 11 per cent,
higher than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.
In 2013, the local population was slightly over-represented in age groups
over 65 years, and under-represented in age groups between 15 and 64 years, when
compared with the regional population. The median age was 40.2 years, five years
higher than the regional median age (35.1 years).
Franklin has one of the highest proportions of New Zealand born residents
(81%) out of all the local board areas. Of those born overseas, a large
proportion (41%) had been in New Zealand for 20 years or longer. Many of those
born overseas were born in England, with smaller groups from South Africa,
Australia and India.
In 2013, there were 22,935 households in Franklin, 5 per cent of the regional
count. The median household income was $80,900, higher than the regional median
Home ownership in this local board is relatively high – in 2013, almost three
quarters (72%) of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 18%
who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The
remaining 28 per cent of households rented, and of these, the majority rented
from private landlords.
Almost one in five (19%) of households were people living on their own,
similar to the regional proportion at 19 per cent. The largest group were
couples with children (33%).
Education and employment
Just over half (52%) of Franklin residents aged 15 years and over were
employed full-time and a further 15 per cent employed part-time. Of those
employed, 74 per cent were paid employees. Around 42 per cent were managers or
professionals and a further 13 per cent were employed as technicians and trade
Slightly lower proportions of Franklin residents aged 15 years or over had
higher formal education qualifications than across the region – for example in
2013, 15 per cent had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per
cent regionally, and 21 per cent had no educational qualifications, compared
with 17 per cent across the region.
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Franklin Local Board area accounted for 3 per cent
of all employment and 5 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
More than a third (38%) of Auckland’s businesses in the agriculture, forestry
and fishing sector are located in Franklin (Rodney to the north has 39%). This
sector is the local board’s second largest employer (10% of Franklin’s
employees), behind only manufacturing (15%). Construction is another important
sector, accounting for 10 per cent of local employment.
From 2010 to 2015, employment in Franklin grew by 13 per cent, the same rate
as the region itself, adding 2480 employees. Growth was strong in the health
care and social assistance sector, and construction.
In line with regional trends, and in spite of the growth in the number of
employees in the sector, there was a decrease in the number of businesses in
the agricultural, forestry and fishing sector.
Top five employment sectors (2015)
All data presented here is from the 2013
Census of Population and Dwellings, unless stated otherwise. The census allows
respondents to identify with more than one ethnic group, hence the ethnicity
percentages may sum to more than 100. ‘Business in the local board’ data is from
Statistics New Zealand’s Business Demographic data. School data is provided by
Auckland Council, using Ministry of Education information. A school’s decile
rating indicates the extent to which it draws its students from lower
socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10 per cent of schools with
the highest proportion of such students and decile 10 schools are the 10 per
cent of schools with the lowest proportion.