2013 migration patterns across New Zealand indicate, 41.5% did not move in the 5 years, 35.8% moved, and 6.7% had moved from overseas.
Migration, (or residential mobility), together with births and deaths are significant components of population change in New Zealand. The movement of people into, and out of an area directly influences the characteristics of the population, and the community's aspirations. Demand for services and facilities in an area will also be influenced by the characteristics of people moving in and out, and their family status (eg. with young children).
The main types of migration in New Zealand are migration to and from overseas, and migration within New Zealand. The most common form of migration is within New Zealand, and this largely involves moves between neighbouring and existing urban areas where moves are often short.
Looking at the level of population movement in the Wellington City can give an indication of whether the population are sedentary and likely to be in the area for a long time (and perhaps have significant ties to the community), or transient, and likely to move on. Related topics which can be viewed to get a clearer picture of population mobility include age groups, and housing tenure.
The data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years ago.
For comparison to this dataset, across New Zealand, the proportion of The usual resident population who did not move in the 5 year period ending March 2013 was 41.5%, while 35.8% moved within New Zealand, and 6.7% had moved from overseas. It is not possible to compare the 'Moved within the Territorial Area' category across New Zealand due to the vastly different sizes of different Territorial areas.
Derived from the Census questions:
'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (on 5 March 2008)'.
|Previous residential location of current residents in 2013|
|Residents who did NOT move between 2008 and 2013||74,796||39.2||1|
|Total residents who moved between 2008 and 2013||91,599||48.0||2|
|Residents who had moved within the City between 2008 and 2013||42,879||22.5||3|
|Residents who moved from another part of New Zealand (excluding Wellington City)||20,454||10.7||4|
|Residents who moved from another country||19,803||10.4||5|
|Residents who moved from a 'not stated' area (ie. one they did not state the name of)||8,463||4.4||7|
|Not elsewhere included||13,047||6.8||8|
|No fixed address||21||0.0||9|
|Not applicable (Persons born between 2008 and 2013)||11,493||6.0||10|
|Total 2013 usual resident population||190,959||100.0|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window) , the population experts.
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