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Marlborough – more diverse at 2013 Census

Marlborough – more diverse at 2013 Census

The 2013 Census has found the Marlborough region is mirroring national trends of an increasingly diverse population, and has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the country.

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 Marlborough region reflects those trends, on the whole. As with much of the rest of the country, Marlborough reported an increase in the percentage of its population who said they were born overseas. According to the 2013 Census results, 16 percent of Marlborough’s usually resident population in 2013 was born overseas. That’s up 2.7 percentage points from the 2006 Census.”

The Marlborough region’s rate of home ownership was 71.0 percent in 2013, the second-highest rate of home ownership in New Zealand after Tasman. However, as with the rest of the country, that rate decreased slightly (down 2.2 percentage points) from the 2006 Census.

Other key points about the Marlborough region from the 2013 Census results include:

The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Marlborough region is $27,900. The New Zealand median income is $28,500. The median income for the Marlborough region has increased by 19.7 percent since 2006.
In 2013, 12.8 percent of people aged 15 years and over said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 9.4 percent in the 2006 Census.
After English, te reo Māori (2.2 percent) and French (1.2 percent) are the next most commonly spoken languages in the Marlborough region.

Ms MacPherson said that the latest release of information collected by the 5 March 2013 Census is keenly awaited by those planning for Marlborough’s future. “Census information like this is used by councils, community groups, iwi, and businesses to plan for what the area needs,” she said.

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


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