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West Coast – higher incomes and changes with homes in Census


West Coast – higher incomes and changes with homes in 2013 Census – Media release

3 December 2013

The West Coast registered the highest rise of median income in the country in the 2013 Census, and is following the national trend of declining 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 the median income on the West Coast had risen by 31.9 percent since 2006 – the highest percentage rise of anywhere in the country. However, the median income of $26,900 is still lower than the national median of $28,500.

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 West Coast reflects those trends. The 2013 Census results show the region’s rate of home ownership was 68.1 percent, down slightly from 69.3 percent in 2006 – one of the smaller decreases by region. The number of occupied dwellings in the West Coast region has increased by 783 since the last census in 2006,” Ms MacPherson said.

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

The region reported the second-highest percentage (after Tasman) of people who identified themselves as European (91.2 percent).
The percentage of people aged 15 years and over on the West Coast with no qualifications decreased from 36.3 percent in 2007 to 30.5 percent in 2013. This compares with a national average of 20.9 percent with no qualifications. The West Coast had the lowest percentage of people with a university degree, at 10.1 percent, compared with 20 percent for New Zealand overall.
After English, the next most commonly spoken languages in the West Coast region are te reo Māori (1.8 percent) and French, German, and Afrikaans (0.7 percent each).
Of the West Coast population, 11 percent were born overseas – most in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Asia.


Ms MacPherson said that information from the 5 March 2013 Census will help the West Coast plan, distribute resources, and build a strong foundation for social and economic growth. “The information gathered by the census will be used by government, councils, community groups, and businesses to plan for the future,” Ms MacPherson said.

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

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