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Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2013, indicates 49.6% of households in the Porirua City had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 42.5% in the Wellington Region.

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 Porirua City 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
Porirua City20132006Change
Number of carsNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idNo motor vehicle1,5909.411.21,61110.511.3-21
1 motor vehicle
5,94935.242.05,44835.442.0+501
map this data in atlas.id2 motor vehicles6,12036.331.95,47835.632.3+642
3 or more motor vehicles
2,25613.410.62,07613.510.9+180
Not stated / included
9665.74.37835.13.4+183

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, 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% Not stated / included, Porirua City: 5.7% 3 or more motor vehicles, Porirua City: 13.4% 2 motor vehicles, Porirua City: 36.3% 1 motor vehicle, Porirua City: 35.2% No motor vehicle, Porirua City: 9.4%
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, Porirua City: +183 3 or more motor vehicles, Porirua City: +180 2 motor vehicles, Porirua City: +642 1 motor vehicle, Porirua City: +501 No motor vehicle, Porirua City: -21
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 Porirua City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 84.9% of the households owned at least one car, while 9.4% did not, compared with 84.5% and 11.2% respectively in the Wellington Region.

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

Overall, 35.2% of the households owned one car; 36.3% owned two cars; and 13.4% owned three cars or more, compared with 42.0%; 31.9% and 10.6% respectively for the Wellington Region.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in the Porirua City between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • 2 motor vehicles (+642 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+501 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+180 households)

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