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Dwelling type

In the Wellington City, 35.2% 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 Wellington 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 Wellington 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Dwelling structureNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idSeparate house42,71459.771.242,08461.272.0+630
Medium density
5,0797.19.25,6288.210.1-549
High density
20,12428.114.317,71525.813.5+2,409
Other dwelling
1500.20.3870.10.3+63
Not stated / included
3,4954.95.03,1954.74.2+300

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
Wellington City20132006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idOccupied private dwellings71,55992.491.468,70693.692.0+2,853
map this data in atlas.idUnoccupied private dwellings5,6827.38.34,4646.17.8+1,218
Non private dwellings
2250.30.31950.30.3+30

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, Wellington City: 4.9% Other dwelling, Wellington City: 0.2% High density, Wellington City: 28.1% Medium density, Wellington City: 7.1% Separate house, Wellington City: 59.7%
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, Wellington City: +300 Other dwelling, Wellington City: +63 High density, Wellington City: +2,409 Medium density, Wellington City: -549 Separate house, Wellington City: +630
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 42,714 separate houses in the area, 5,079 medium density dwellings, and 20,124 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of private dwellings in the Wellington City in 2013 shows that 59.7% of dwellings were separate houses; 7.1% were medium density dwellings, and 28.1% 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 Wellington City increased by 2,853 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • High density (+2,409 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+630 dwellings)
  • Medium density (-549 dwellings)
  • Other dwelling (+63 dwellings)
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