How many bedrooms do our dwellings have?
Derived from the Census question, "How many bedrooms are there in this dwelling?"
The number of bedrooms in a dwelling provides an indicator of the size of a dwelling, and when combined with Dwelling Type, provides further insight to the role and function an area plays in the housing market. For example, an area of high density dwellings that are predominantly 1-2 bedroom (likely to attract students), will attract a different household type than a high density area with dwellings that are predominantly 2-3 bedroom (perhaps more empty nesters).
In combination with Dwelling Type and Family and Household type data, and Household size, the Number of bedrooms can also indicate issues around housing affordability, overcrowding and other socio-economic factors.
(bedrooms in occupied dwellings)
|Usual residence||number||%||New Zealand %||number||%||New Zealand %||2001 to 2006
|Five or more bedrooms||864||5.1||6.2||846||5.1||5.8||18
|Not elsewhere included||759||4.5||4.5||708||4.2||4.4||51
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset counts dwellings by the number of rooms used as bedrooms in each.
Bedsits and studios, where the living area is also a bedroom, are counted as having one bedroom.
The number of bedrooms counts caravans adjacent to the dwelling if they are used as bedrooms.
There are no comparability issues between 1996 and 2006.
Analysis of the number of bedrooms in dwellings in Wanganui District in 2006 compared to New Zealand shows that there was a higher proportion of dwellings with a smaller number of bedrooms (1 and 2 bedrooms), and a lower proportion of dwellings with a larger number of bedrooms (4 or more bedrooms).
Overall, there were 25.4% of 1-2 bedroom dwellings, and 23.2% of 4-plus bedroom dwellings, compared with 24.4% and 26.9%for New Zealand respectively.
There were no major differences between Wanganui District and New Zealand's number of bedrooms data in 2006.
The largest changes in the size of dwellings in Wanganui District between 2001 and 2006 were:
- Three bedrooms (+93 occupied dwellings);
- Two bedrooms (+75 occupied dwellings).