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Housing tenure

In the Wellington City 55% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 30.8% were renting privately, and 4.3% were in social housing in 2013.

The Wellington City's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nester Household Summary. Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.

In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in the Wellington City, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.

Derived from the Census questions:

Questions 7-13 on the Census Dwelling Form, tenure of household is used to determine if the household owns the dwelling, holds it in a family trust, or does not own the dwelling, and whether payment is made by the household and to whom.

Occupied private dwellings

Housing tenure
Wellington City20132001Change
Tenure typeNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2001 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idMortgage21,42630.231.719,49131.533.0+1,935
Fully owned
17,53224.726.916,51226.730.8+1,020
map this data in atlas.idRenting26,25937.029.220,72733.526.7+5,532
Renting - Social housing
3,0364.34.53,5795.85.4-543
Renting - Private
21,89430.822.915,79825.619.7+6,096
Renting - Unknown sector
1,3291.91.81,3502.21.6-21
Other tenure type
2,3823.45.92,2473.64.8+135
Not stated / included
3,4084.86.32,8354.64.7+573

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2001 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Housing tenure, 2013
Housing tenure, 2013 Other tenure type, New Zealand: 5.9% Renting - Unknown sector, New Zealand: 1.8% Renting - Private, New Zealand: 22.9% Renting - Social housing, New Zealand: 4.5% Renting, New Zealand: 29.2% Fully owned, New Zealand: 26.9% Mortgage, New Zealand: 31.7% Other tenure type, Wellington City: 3.4% Renting - Unknown sector, Wellington City: 1.9% Renting - Private, Wellington City: 30.8% Renting - Social housing, Wellington City: 4.3% Renting, Wellington City: 37.0% Fully owned, Wellington City: 24.7% Mortgage, Wellington City: 30.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2001 to 2013
Change in housing tenure, 2001 to 2013 Other tenure type, Wellington City: +135 Renting - Unknown sector, Wellington City: -21 Renting - Private, Wellington City: +6,096 Renting - Social housing, Wellington City: -543 Renting, Wellington City: +5,532 Fully owned, Wellington City: +1,020 Mortgage, Wellington City: +1,935
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2001 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 24.7% of the population owned their dwelling; 30.2% were purchasing, and 37.0% were renting, compared with 26.9%, 31.7% and 29.2% respectively for the New Zealand.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in the Wellington City between 2001 and 2013 were:

  • Renting - Private (+6,096 persons)
  • Renting (+5,532 persons)
  • Mortgage (+1,935 persons)
  • Fully owned (+1,020 persons)

The total number of households in Wellington City increased by 9,195 between 2001 and 2013.

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