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Dunedin City CouncilCommunity profile

Dunedin City

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2018, indicates 49.0% of households in Dunedin City had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 54.5% in Otago 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 Dunedin 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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given number of cars data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This is due to a higher non-response rate for 2018, and no alternative data sources have been used. It is possible that any change in categories may be due to the higher "Not stated" component and users should use caution in comparing over time. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from the Census question:

'How many motor vehicles (not counting motorbikes) do the people who live here have available for their use?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Car ownership
Dunedin City20182013Change
Number of carsNumber% of householdsOtago Region %Number% of householdsOtago Region %2013 to 2018
No motor vehicle 4,5219.46.94,95010.88.3-429
1 motor vehicle 17,24735.732.117,80238.836.2-555
2 motor vehicles 15,96333.035.915,04232.735.7+921
3 or more motor vehicles 7,71316.018.66,19813.515.5+1,515
Not stated / included 2,8866.06.41,9444.24.3+942
Total households48,330100.0100.045,936100.0100.0+2,394
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the car ownership of the households in Dunedin City in 2018 compared to Otago Region shows that 84.7% of the households owned at least one car, while 9.4% did not, compared with 86.7% and 6.9% respectively in Otago 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, 35.7% of the households owned one car; 33.0% owned two cars; and 16.0% owned three cars or more, compared with 32.1%; 35.9% and 18.6% respectively for Otago Region.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in Dunedin City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+1,515 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+921 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (-555 households)
  • No motor vehicle (-429 households)

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