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The Wellington Region

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2013, indicates 42.5% of households in the Wellington Region had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 50.8% in the North Island.

The ability of the population to access services and employment is strongly influenced by access to transport. The number of motor vehicles per household in the Wellington Region quantifies access to private transport and will be influenced by Age Structure and Household Type, which determine the number of adults present; access to Public Transport; distance to shops, services, employment and education; and Household Income. Depending on these factors, car ownership can be seen as a measure of advantage or disadvantage, or a neutral socio-economic measure, which impacts on the environment and quality of life.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many motor vehicles (not counting motorbikes) do the people who live here have available for their use?'

Occupied private dwellings

Car ownership
Wellington Region20132006Change
Number of carsNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
No motor vehicle19,65911.27.818,93011.37.8+729
1 motor vehicle73,99242.036.070,14342.036.4+3,849
2 motor vehicles56,18731.936.154,01232.336.3+2,175
3 or more motor vehicles18,68410.614.718,20110.914.9+483
Not stated / included7,6114.35.45,6883.44.5+1,923

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

Car ownership, 2013
Car ownership, 2013 Not stated / included, North Island: 5.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, North Island: 14.7% 2 motor vehicles, North Island: 36.1% 1 motor vehicle, North Island: 36.0% No motor vehicle, North Island: 7.8% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 4.3% 3 or more motor vehicles, Wellington Region: 10.6% 2 motor vehicles, Wellington Region: 31.9% 1 motor vehicle, Wellington Region: 42.0% No motor vehicle, Wellington Region: 11.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2013
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2013 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +1,923 3 or more motor vehicles, Wellington Region: +483 2 motor vehicles, Wellington Region: +2,175 1 motor vehicle, Wellington Region: +3,849 No motor vehicle, Wellington Region: +729
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 car ownership of the households in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that 84.5% of the households owned at least one car, while 11.2% did not, compared with 86.8% and 7.8% respectively in the North Island.

Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a larger proportion who owned just one car; a smaller proportion who owned two cars; and a smaller proportion who owned three cars or more.

Overall, 42.0% of the households owned one car; 31.9% owned two cars; and 10.6% owned three cars or more, compared with 36.0%; 36.1% and 14.7% respectively for the North Island.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • 1 motor vehicle (+3,849 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+2,175 households)
  • No motor vehicle (+729 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+483 households)

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