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Census shows 1 in 5 in Nelson born overseas

Census shows 1 in 5 in Nelson born overseas – Media release

3 December 2013

The 2013 Census has found the Nelson region is mirroring national trends of an increasingly diverse population, and has one of the highest proportions of people born overseas.

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

In releasing the results, Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said information from the 2013 Census shows the New Zealand population is growing more ethnically diverse, and that as a nation we have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased.

“The Nelson region reflects those trends. The 2013 Census results showed Nelson has the third-highest percentage of residents who were born overseas, after only Auckland and Wellington. More than 1 in 5, or 21.2 percent, of the Nelson region’s population were born overseas, up from 18.6 percent in 2006.”

In all, around 46 percent of Nelson’s overseas-born residents were born in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and another 12 percent were born in Europe (excluding the UK).

Other key points about the Nelson region from the 2013 Census results include:
• The Nelson region’s rate of home ownership was 68.4 percent in 2013, hardly changed from 68.6 percent in the 2006 Census– the smallest fall for any region.
• The number of occupied dwellings in the Nelson region increased by 1,578 since the last census in 2006.
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Nelson region was reported as $27,200 in the 2013 Census, up 17.7 percent since 2006. The New Zealand median income is $28,500.
• In 2013, 18.5 percent of people aged 15 years and over said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 13.8 percent in 2006 – an increase of over one-third.
• After English, the next most commonly spoken languages in the Nelson region are te reo Māori (2.3 percent) and French (1.7 percent).

Ms MacPherson said thank you to everyone who completed their census forms. “We can now make the numbers count. This latest release of 2013 Census information is keenly awaited by those planning for Nelson’s future. It will be used by government, community groups, and businesses to help better understand the region and decide what resources are needed, and where.”

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

ENDS

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