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Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2013, indicates 36.0% of households in the Wellington 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 Wellington 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Number of carsNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idNo motor vehicle10,29914.511.29,15313.511.3+1,146
1 motor vehicle
32,13345.342.030,27344.742.0+1,860
map this data in atlas.id2 motor vehicles19,92628.131.919,86929.332.3+57
3 or more motor vehicles
5,6708.010.65,8238.610.9-153
Not stated / included
2,9794.24.32,5923.83.4+387

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, Wellington City: 4.2% 3 or more motor vehicles, Wellington City: 8.0% 2 motor vehicles, Wellington City: 28.1% 1 motor vehicle, Wellington City: 45.3% No motor vehicle, Wellington City: 14.5%
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 City: +387 3 or more motor vehicles, Wellington City: -153 2 motor vehicles, Wellington City: +57 1 motor vehicle, Wellington City: +1,860 No motor vehicle, Wellington City: +1,146
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 City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 81.3% of the households owned at least one car, while 14.5% 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 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, 45.3% of the households owned one car; 28.1% owned two cars; and 8.0% 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 Wellington City between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • 1 motor vehicle (+1,860 households)
  • No motor vehicle (+1,146 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (-153 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+57 households)

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