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Tasman has highest rate of home ownership

Tasman has highest rate of home ownership – 2013 Census – Media release

3 December 2013

People living in the Tasman district are more likely to own their own homes than people in other parts of the country.

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 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.

“On the whole, the Tasman region reflects those trends, but the rate of home ownership is higher than in other parts of the country.

“According to the 2013 Census, the Tasman region’s rate of home ownership was 75.0 percent in 2013, the highest in New Zealand. The rate has decreased from 75.8 percent in 2006 – the second-smallest fall for any region after Nelson.

“At the same time, the number of occupied dwellings in the Tasman region has increased by 1,404 since the last census in 2006. The annual rate of increase for 2006 to 2013 was slightly over half that of 2001 to 2006.”

Other key points about Tasman from the 2013 Census results include:
• Tasman had the highest percentage of people who identified themselves as European (93.1 percent), the second-lowest percentage of Māori (7.6 percent) after Otago, and the lowest percentage of Asian people (2.0 percent).
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Tasman region is $25,700. The New Zealand median income is $28,500. The median income for the Tasman region has increased by 19.0 percent since 2006.
• Of people aged 15 years and over in the Tasman district, 14.4 percent said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 10.8 percent in 2006.
• After English, the next most spoken languages in the Tasman region are German (1.9 percent) and te reo Māori (1.5 percent).
• In the Tasman region, 17.8 percent of the population was born overseas, up from 15.5 percent in 2006. Of this population, over half were born in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and 15.4 percent were born in Europe (excluding the UK). This means that about 2 out of every 3 overseas-born usual residents in Tasman were born in Europe.
Ms MacPherson said the information from the 2013 Census will help Tasman plan for the future. “The information gathered from the 5 March 2013 Census is vital to New Zealand’s growth and prosperity. It will be used by government, 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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