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Southland high on home ownership but mirrors declining trend

Southland high on home ownership but mirrors 2013 Census declining trend – Media release

3 December 2013

Southland has the third-highest rate of home ownership in the country, according to the 2013 Census, and has over 2,000 more occupied homes than it did seven years ago.

The information was released today as part of the latest batch of 2013 Census results from Statistics New Zealand.

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said information from the census shows that as a nation we have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased.

“The Southland region on the whole reflects those trends, but the rate of home ownership among the population is higher than in other parts of the country.

“According to the 2013 Census, the Southland region’s rate of home ownership was 69.7 percent – the third-highest rate of home ownership, by region. The rate of home ownership in Southland has decreased from 73.5 percent in 2006 – the largest regional fall in the rate of home ownership in that time.

“The number of occupied dwellings in the Southland region has increased by 2,061 since the last census in 2006. The annual rate of increase for 2006 to 2013 was more than double than for 2001 to 2006.”

Other key points about Southland from the 2013 Census results include:
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Southland region is $29,500. The New Zealand median income is $28,500. The median income for the Southland region has increased 27.2 percent since 2006 – the third-largest percentage increase by region.
• The percentage of people aged 15 years and over in Southland with no qualifications decreased from 35.6 percent in the 2006 Census to 30 percent in the 2013 Census. This compares with a national average of 20.9 percent with no qualifications. Southland has the second-lowest percentage of people with a university degree, at 11.5 percent, compared with 20.0 percent for New Zealand overall.
• After English, the next most commonly spoken languages in the Southland region are te reo Māori (2.5 percent) and Tagalog (0.8). In 2006, French was the third most commonly spoken language.
• After Gisborne, Southland has the lowest percentage of residents born overseas. In the 2013 Census, 10.2 percent of Southland’s population were reported as being born overseas, an increase of 2.6 percentage points from 2006. Of Southland’s overseas-born usually resident population, 24.0 percent were from Asia – double the number from the 2006 Census.

Ms MacPherson said that the latest release of 5 March 2013 Census information is keenly awaited by those planning for Southland’s future. “Planning for the future means having the right information. Census lets government, councils, communities, and businesses map their future.”

For further information about the 2013 Census results please visit www.stats.govt.nz.

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