|Housing rental payment quartiles|
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %||number||%||Wellington Region %||2001 to 2006
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
Rental payments are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as inflation. The rental payment quartile method has been adopted as the most objective method of comparing change in the cost of rental housing of a community over time.
Rent quartiles look at the distribution of rental payments in Wellington City relative to New Zealand. Quartiles split the total number of households into four equal parts for New Zealand. The table shows the number and proportion of households in Wellington City falling into each segment relative to New Zealand.
The table gives a clear picture of the level of rental payments in Wellington City relative to New Zealand. For New Zealand, 25% of households fall into each category, so by comparison, the table will show if there are more or less households in Wellington City with high (or low) rent than in Wellington Region. If, for example, Wellington City has 30% in the top category and only 20% in the lowest, this indicates that Wellington City has proportionally more households paying 'top-quarter' rents, and less paying 'bottom-quarter' rents.
Rental payment quartiles allow us to compare rents over time. Analysis of the distribution of households by rental payment quartiles in Wellington City compared to Wellington Region shows that there was higher proportion of households in the highest payment quartile, and a lower proportion in the lowest payment quartile.
The most significant change in housing rental statistics in Wellington City between 2001 and 2006 was in the Medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 1,292 households.