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Census shows Canterbury has high growth in incomes

Census shows Canterbury has high growth in incomes – Media release

3 December 2013

Census shows Canterbury has high growth in incomes

Canterbury has had the second-biggest growth in median income in the country, new results from the 2013 Census show.

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

The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Canterbury region was $30,100 in the 2013 Census – the second-highest after Wellington. “The Canterbury region’s median income increase of 28.1 percent since the 2006 Census was also the largest percentage increase for
any region except the West Coast,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said.

The 2013 Census also counted a large increase in the number of unoccupied dwellings in Canterbury following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Ms MacPherson said that nationally, the number of unoccupied dwellings has risen sharply since the 2006 Census, an increase of over 26,000 (16.4 percent).

“Almost 40 percent of this increase occurred in Canterbury, the likely result of people leaving their homes following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

“The census data also shows where people in Canterbury have moved to and from over the last five years. Those who left Canterbury since 2008, for other parts of New Zealand, mainly moved to the Auckland and Otago regions. Those who moved to Canterbury also mainly came from Auckland and Otago, and a large number came from overseas,” Ms MacPherson said.

Other key points about Canterbury from the 2013 Census results include:
• Canterbury has the third-lowest percentage of Māori in the country (8.1 percent) after Otago and Tasman, and the third-equal highest percentage of Asian people (6.9 percent).
• Canterbury has the fourth-highest percentage of overseas-born residents out of all the regions, with 19.6 percent, up 1.7 percentage points from the 2006 Census. Of Canterbury’s overseas-born residents, 27 percent were born in Asia.
• The Canterbury region’s rate of home ownership was 68.3 percent in 2013 – down from 70.4 percent in the 2006 Census.

Ms MacPherson said that up-to-date and accurate census information is vital when it comes to planning – especially in Canterbury at the moment. “Census lets government, councils, communities, and businesses map their future. This latest release of information is keenly awaited by those in charge of planning for Canterbury.”

For further information about the 2013 Census results please visit


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