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Otago reflects national 2013 Census housing trends

Otago reflects national 2013 Census housing trends – Media release

3 December 2013

There are over 5,000 more occupied dwellings in Otago, but home ownership is following the national declining trend, according to the latest census results.

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

In releasing the results, Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said information from the 2013 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 Otago region reflects those trends. The 2013 Census results showed the region’s rate of home ownership was 68.0 percent in 2013, down just slightly from 69.0 percent in 2006. The number of occupied dwellings in the Otago region has increased by 5,040 since the last census in 2006.

Other key points about the Otago region from the 2013 Census results include:
• Of all regions, Otago has the lowest percentage of Māori among its population – 7.5 percent of people who live in Otago identified themselves as Māori.
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Otago region is $26,300. The New Zealand median income is $28,500. The median income for the Otago region has increased by 21.8 percent since 2006.
• In 2013, 20.0 percent of people in Otago at census time aged 15 years and over said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 16.0 percent in 2006.
• After English, the next most commonly spoken languages in the Otago region are French (1.7 percent) and te reo Māori (1.6 percent) – which is similar to 2006.

Ms MacPherson said that the latest release of census information is keenly awaited by those planning Otago’s future. “Census information means New Zealand can plan, distribute resources, and build a strong foundation for social and economic growth. The information gathered by the 5 March 2013 Census will be used by Otago’s councils, community groups, and businesses to plan for the future.”

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


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