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All members of our community prosper from a strong and growing economy. A thriving business sector attracts and retains a skilled and productive workforce.
A prosperous community is one in which there is a job market in which employment is growing, unemployment is low, incomes are relatively high and evenly distributed and people are well-educated. Having a decent income is a crucial element contributing to quality of life because most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, health care and many forms of recreation have to be purchased. The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work also contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity.
The prosperous community outcome is made up of eight indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the data relating to each of the prosperous community indicators.
Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost
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Income equality is often regarded as a measure of the fairness of the society in which we live. A high level of income inequality may be detrimental to the level of social connectedness across society and research has suggested a negative relationship between income inequality and other factors with an influence on well-being such as trust, social mobility, health outcomes, and the rate of imprisonment.
The P80/P20 ratio is calculated as the ratio of the household income at the 80th percentile (i.e. 20% below the wealthiest household) to the household income at the 20th percentile (i.e. 20% above the lowest income household) (Perry, 2005). Overall, as household income inequality increases, the P80/P20 ratio also increases, and therefore the more unequal society is.
The ratio of the 80th percentile of equivalised disposable household income to the 20th percentile of equivalised disposable household income, when individuals are ranked by their household incomes.
Statistics New Zealand
Last updated April 2019
Data points available only from 2009.
Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
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