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Census reveals myriad details

Statistics NZ started an argument back in October over Auckland’s rate of population growth, when it released preliminary census figures, but also produced its estimates, which put the population 129,000 higher than the census night figure.

The census night & usually resident (slightly lower) figures were confirmed yesterday, when Statistics NZ released population, housing and a host of regional statistics.

The region’s census-night population rose from 1,174,806 in 2001 to 1,322,922 in 2006 and to 1,438,446 in 2013. The rate of growth fell from 2.4% during the second of those periods (which included an immigration spike in 2003-04) to 1.2% in the last 7 years.

Among the myriad things you really wanted to know about Auckland:

  • 40% of Auckland’s residents were born overseas
  • 23.1% of Auckland’s population identified themselves as Asian
  • After English, Samoan is Auckland’s most commonly spoken language, followed by Hindi & Northern Chinese
  • The number of dwellings (occupied & unoccupied) increased by nearly 34,000 (7.1%) since 2006, to reach over 500,000 in 2013; the number of unoccupied dwellings in 2013 was almost the same as in 2006 at just over 33,000
  • Auckland’s rate of home ownership has fallen to 61.5%, making it the region with the second-lowest rate of home ownership in New Zealand after Gisborne
  • The median income for people aged 15 & over in the Auckland region was $29,600 in 2013, the third-highest among all regions
  • 24.7% of people aged 15 & over in Auckland had a university degree or equivalent in 2013, compared to 19.9% in 2006
  • Auckland had the highest rate of internet access at home (81.6%), up from 65.6% in 2006.

Among the figures Auckland mayor Len Brown focused on were a comparison of the rates of ageing in Auckland versus the rest of the country, and home ownership.

“While as a nation we are ageing, the rate of ageing is slower in Auckland than the rest of New Zealand. Auckland has 7200 more children than at the last census and there are almost 300,000 children aged 14 & below living in Auckland, and more than 210,000 young people aged 15-24.

“This backs our focus on children & young people, but brings particular challenges for Auckland around education & employment.

“And while home ownership figures nationally are down, it appears that, in Auckland, apartment, townhouse & retirement living is increasing at twice the rate of standalone dwellings, reflecting an appetite for a wider range of housing choices.

“The census data will be very useful in informing our planning for the future, including the unitary plan, local board plans & major projects such as the city rail link.”

Link: Statistics NZ, 2013 census

Attribution: Statistics NZ release & tables, mayoral release.

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Census set for 2013

Published 28 May 2011

The census has been postponed for 2 years. It was to have been held on 8 March but was postponed because of the 22 February Christchurch earthquake.

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson said yesterday it would now be held in March 2013.

Benefits from the delay included being able to revise the electoral boundaries and hold a Maori electoral option ahead of a 2014 general election. Population data could also be updated.

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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Homes up 5.8% for population up 3%

Census shows just under 3.8 million people, and Waitakere becomes fifth biggest city

New Zealand’s population rose 3% (111,108 people, or 22,200/year) to 3.8 million in the five years to census night on 6 March, Statistics NZ said.

That followed a 7.2% rise, of 246,597 people (49,300/year), in the previous five years.

The provisional census figures showed there were 1,357,983 occupied dwellings, up 5.8% or 73,989 (14,800/year) on 1996 after an 8.3% rise from 1991-96. That took the occupancy rate down from 2.83 persons/dwelling in 1996 to 2.79.

North Island population growth was 3.6% (99,933 people) and the South Island’s 1.2%, giving a 75:25 split of 2.85 million to 942,213.

Statistics NZ also released regional and local authority highlights today.

The Auckland region has 30.7% of the population, and is the second-fastest-growing behind tiny Tasman. The Auckland region’s population grew by 8.2% (88,062, or 17,600/year) to 1,165,278..

Southland’s population fell 7.1%, Taranaki’s 4,5%, the West Coast’s 4.3%, Manawatu & Wanganui 4.1%, Gisborne 3.8%.

Waitakere City’s population grew by 8.3% to 167,172, making it the fifth-largest city ahead of Wellington, which has 165,945. Auckland is still the largest city after a 6.4% rise to 377,382.

Other Auckland changes were: Manukau up 10.6% to 281,607, North Shore up 7.5% to 184,287, Rodney District up 14.5% to 77,001.

The Queenstown-Lakes District was the fastest-growing in the country with a 27.1% rise to 25,206.

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