Whanganui DistrictCommunity profile
Skip to content

Wanganui District

Method of travel to work

In the Wanganui District 1,383 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Wanganui District's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'On Tuesday 5 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Wanganui District20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van
11,05563.259.411,55660.758.6-501
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus
7084.13.88674.64.6-159
Motorbike or power cycle
2701.51.32641.41.0+6
Train
90.11.2----1.0--
Public bus
450.33.2630.33.0-18
Bicycle
5343.12.26303.31.9-96
Walked or jogged
8494.95.31,0085.35.3-159
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home1,1946.88.51,1796.28.3+15
Did not go to work on census day
1,96511.210.41,96210.310.3+3
Other
870.50.91020.50.7-15
Not stated / included
7654.43.71,3927.35.3-627

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

Method of travel to work, 2013
Method of travel to work, 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, New Zealand: 59.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, New Zealand: 3.8% Motorbike or power cycle, New Zealand: 1.3% Train, New Zealand: 1.2% Public bus, New Zealand: 3.2% Bicycle, New Zealand: 2.2% Walked or jogged, New Zealand: 5.3% Worked at home, New Zealand: 8.5% Did not go to work on census day, New Zealand: 10.4% Other, New Zealand: 0.9% Drove a car, truck or van, Wanganui District: 63.2% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wanganui District: 4.1% Motorbike or power cycle, Wanganui District: 1.5% Train, Wanganui District: 0.1% Public bus, Wanganui District: 0.3% Bicycle, Wanganui District: 3.1% Walked or jogged, Wanganui District: 4.9% Worked at home, Wanganui District: 6.8% Did not go to work on census day, Wanganui District: 11.2% Other, Wanganui District: 0.5%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Wanganui District: -501 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wanganui District: -159 Motorbike or power cycle, Wanganui District: +6 Public bus, Wanganui District: -18 Bicycle, Wanganui District: -96 Walked or jogged, Wanganui District: -159 Worked at home, Wanganui District: +15 Did not go to work on census day, Wanganui District: +3 Other, Wanganui District: -15
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 54 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in Wanganui District, compared with 12,033 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Wanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 68.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.4% and 64.6% respectively in the New Zealand.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the Wanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (63.2% compared to 59.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (0.3% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (6.8% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used the train (0.1% compared to 1.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wanganui District decreased by 1,542 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the Wanganui District between 2006 and 2013 were for those nominated:

  • Drove a car, truck or van (-501 persons)
  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-159 persons)
  • Walked or jogged (-159 persons)
  • Bicycle (-96 persons)

To continue building your demographic story go to...

v16.07.05-1.0.8