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The Wellington Region

Number of bedrooms per dwelling

Dwellings with 3 bedrooms are the most common in the Wellington Region in 2013.

The Number of Bedrooms in a dwelling is an indicator of the size of dwellings, and when combined with Dwelling Type information, provides insight into the role the Wellington Region plays in the housing market. For example, an area of high density dwellings that are predominantly 1-2 bedroom are likely to attract students, single workers and young couples, whereas a high density area with dwellings that are predominantly 2-3 bedroom may attract more empty nesters and some families.

In combination with Household Type and Household Size, the Number of Bedrooms can also indicate issues around housing affordability, overcrowding and other socio-economic factors.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many bedrooms are there in this dwelling?'

Occupied private dwellings

Number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling
Wellington Region20132006Change
Number of bedroomsNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
0 or 1 bedroom11,9766.85.611,8567.05.6+120
2 bedrooms36,39320.517.836,14421.418.4+249
3 bedrooms72,78641.141.971,67342.444.1+1,113
4 bedrooms37,28121.022.133,18619.720.6+4,095
5 bedrooms or more10,9146.27.29,8165.86.3+1,098
Not stated / included7,8154.45.56,1773.74.9+1,638

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling, 2013
Number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling, 2013 5 bedrooms or more, North Island: 7.2% 4 bedrooms, North Island: 22.1% 3 bedrooms, North Island: 41.9% 2 bedrooms, North Island: 17.8% 0 or 1 bedroom, North Island: 5.6% 5 bedrooms or more, Wellington Region: 6.2% 4 bedrooms, Wellington Region: 21.0% 3 bedrooms, Wellington Region: 41.1% 2 bedrooms, Wellington Region: 20.5% 0 or 1 bedroom, Wellington Region: 6.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling, 2006 to 2013
Change in number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling, 2006 to 2013 5 bedrooms or more, Wellington Region: +1,098 4 bedrooms, Wellington Region: +4,095 3 bedrooms, Wellington Region: +1,113 2 bedrooms, Wellington Region: +249 0 or 1 bedroom, Wellington Region: +120
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of bedrooms in dwellings in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and a lower proportion of dwellings with 4 or more bedrooms.

Overall, 27.3% of households were in dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and 27.2% of 4 or more bedroom dwellings, compared with 23.3% and 29.3% for the North Island respectively.

The major differences between the number of bedrooms per dwelling of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of 2 bedrooms (20.5% compared to 17.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 0 or 1 bedroom (6.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of 4 bedrooms (21.0% compared to 22.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 5 bedrooms or more (6.2% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of bedrooms per dwelling in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • 4 bedrooms (+4,095 dwellings)
  • 3 bedrooms (+1,113 dwellings)
  • 5 bedrooms or more (+1,098 dwellings)
  • 2 bedrooms (+249 dwellings)
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