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In the Porirua City, 14.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 23.5% in the Wellington Region in 2013.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the Porirua City's residential role and function. A greater concentration of higher density dwellings is likely to attract more young adults and smaller households, often renting. Larger, detached or separate dwellings are more likely to attract families and prospective families. The residential built form often reflects market opportunities or planning policy, such as building denser forms of housing around public transport nodes or employment centres.

Dwelling Type statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Household Types, Housing Tenure and Age Structure for a more complete picture of the housing market in the Porirua City.

Derived from two Census questions:

'Mark the space that best describes this dwelling:

  • House or townhouse (NOT joined to any other)
  • House, townhouse, unit or apartment joined to one or more other houses, townhouses, units or apartments
  • Moveable dwelling, for example, caravan, boat, tent etc
  • Other'

And 'Is this building as a whole one storey, two or three storeys, four or more storeys, or none of these?'

Occupied private dwellings

Dwelling structure
Porirua City20132006Change
Dwelling structureNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idSeparate house13,34778.871.212,22278.872.0+1,125
Medium density
1,0536.29.21,0176.610.1+36
High density
1,4618.614.31,3328.613.5+129
Other dwelling
690.40.3600.40.3+9
Not stated / included
1,0086.05.08855.74.2+123

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

Dwelling type
Porirua City20132006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idOccupied private dwellings16,94793.891.415,51994.292.0+1,428
map this data in atlas.idUnoccupied private dwellings1,0565.88.39125.57.8+144
Non private dwellings
660.40.3450.30.3+21

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

Dwelling structure, 2013
Dwelling structure, 2013 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 5.0% Other dwelling, Wellington Region: 0.3% High density, Wellington Region: 14.3% Medium density, Wellington Region: 9.2% Separate house, Wellington Region: 71.2% Not stated / included, Porirua City: 6.0% Other dwelling, Porirua City: 0.4% High density, Porirua City: 8.6% Medium density, Porirua City: 6.2% Separate house, Porirua City: 78.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2013
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2013 Not stated / included, Porirua City: +123 Other dwelling, Porirua City: +9 High density, Porirua City: +129 Medium density, Porirua City: +36 Separate house, Porirua City: +1,125
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2013, there were 13,347 separate houses in the area, 1,053 medium density dwellings, and 1,461 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of private dwellings in the Porirua City in 2013 shows that 78.8% of dwellings were separate houses; 6.2% were medium density dwellings, and 8.6% were high density dwellings, compared with 71.2%, 9.2%, and 14.3% in the the Wellington Region respectively.

Emerging groups

The total number of private dwellings in the Porirua City increased by 1,422 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the Porirua City between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Separate house (+1,125 dwellings)
  • High density (+129 dwellings)
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