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The Wellington Region

Housing rental quartiles

In the Wellington Region, the 'highest group' was the largest quartile, comprising 31.4% of renting households in 2013.

Rental payments in the Wellington Region are indicative of its residential role and function and are directly related to the value of residential property. When viewed with Household Income data they may also indicate the level of 'housing stress' in the community.

The quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the rental costs of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Housing Rental Payment quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Does this household pay rent to an owner (or to their agent for this dwelling?' and 'How much rent does this household pay to the owner (or agent) for this dwelling?'

Households renting their dwelling

Housing rental quartiles
Wellington Region20132006Change
Quartile groupNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Lowest group10,57320.323.810,17921.723.6+394
Medium lowest12,41223.823.712,40426.423.8+8
Medium highest12,75624.525.211,50724.525.0+1,249
Highest group16,32731.427.312,82727.327.7+3,500

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

Housing rental - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from rental payment data for New Zealand Weekly housing rental payments by Census year
Rental payment ranges
2013
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $191 $0 to $135 $0 to $105
Medium lowest $192 to $288 $136 to $212 $106 to $165
Medium highest $288 to $379 $212 to $290 $165 to $229
Highest group $379 and over $290 and over $229 and over

Housing rental quartiles for 2013
Housing rental quartiles for 2013 Highest group, North Island: 27.3% Medium highest, North Island: 25.2% Medium lowest, North Island: 23.7% Lowest group, North Island: 23.8% Highest group, Wellington Region: 31.4% Medium highest, Wellington Region: 24.5% Medium lowest, Wellington Region: 23.8% Lowest group, Wellington Region: 20.3%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing rental quartiles, 2006 to 2013
Change in housing rental quartiles, 2006 to 2013 Highest group, Wellington Region: +3,500 Medium highest, Wellington Region: +1,249 Medium lowest, Wellington Region: +8 Lowest group, Wellington Region: +394
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Rental payment quartiles allow us to compare relative rental liabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by rental payment quartiles in the Wellington Region compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of households in the highest payment quartile, and a smaller proportion in the lowest payment quartile.

Emerging groups

The total number of households renting their dwelling in the Wellington Region increased by 5,151 between 2006 and 2013. The most significant change during this period was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 3,500 households.

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