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Definition

Definition

Dwelling address consists of the distinguishing details of the physical location of a dwelling and can include street number, name, and type; suburb or rural locality; and city, town or district. (This also includes a description of the address for household surveys).

Dwelling is a supporting concept for dwelling address and is defined in the Glossary.

Operational issues

Data quality problems are normally avoided because an enumerator/interviewer checks the address of the dwelling. However, if questionnaires are mailed directly to Statistics New Zealand, or are collected from a different dwelling to where they were distributed, then confirmation cannot be made that the address information is sufficiently detailed or correct. Therefore, it is possible that some dwelling address data may be incomplete or inaccurate.

The dwelling address of mobile dwellings (such as boats, caravans, and tents) should be the physical location of the dwelling on the date of the data collection. Temporary or makeshift dwellings such as tents, bridges or shacks are included in the scope of dwelling address. The physical location of temporary dwellings in rural areas can be difficult to determine. The enumerator/interviewer should note any nearby landmarks.

Explanatory notes

Alternative name

Dwelling address has been called 'address of dwelling' in the past. The term 'dwelling address' is preferred because it is more concise and it is consistent with the terms 'dwelling occupancy status', 'dwelling type', and 'workplace address'.

Similar concepts

Dwelling address is the physical location of a dwelling, whilst the addresses of usual residence and census night address are the location of respondents.

Usual residence is the address of the dwelling where a respondent considers themself to usually live.

Census night address is the location of the dwelling where a respondent is located on census night.

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