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Manawatu-Wanganui reflects national 2013 Census trends

Manawatu-Wanganui reflects national 2013 Census trends – Media release

3 December 2013

The 2013 Census has found the Manawatu-Wanganui region following the national trend of less home ownership yet more places to live.

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 that as a nation we have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased.

“Manawatu-Wanganui reflects those trends. The 2013 Census results showed the region’s rate of home ownership was 65.2 percent. The rate of home ownership has decreased from 66.8 percent since the 2006 Census. The number of occupied dwellings in the Manawatu-Wanganui region has increased by 2,793 since the last census in 2006.

Other key points about the Manawatu-Wanganui region from the 2013 Census results include:
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Manawatu-Wanganui region in the 2013 Census is $25,000. The New Zealand median income is $28,500. The median income for the Manawatu-Wanganui region has increased 15.7 percent since 2006 – the fourth-lowest regional increase after Auckland, Northland, and Hawkes Bay.
• In the 2013 Census, 14.4 percent of people aged 15 years and over in the Manawatu-Wanganui area said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 11.6 percent in 2006.
• After English, te reo Māori (5.0 percent) and French (0.8 percent) are the next most spoken languages in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.
• Manawatu had the third-smallest increase in percentage of overseas-born usual residents, up 1.5 percent from 12.6 percent in 2006 to 14.1 in 2013.

Ms MacPherson said that the latest release of census information will help government and communities make informed decisions about where services like hospitals, schools, roads, public transport, and recreational facilities are needed. “It should be very useful for those planning the future of the Manawatu-Wanganui area,” she said.

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

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