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Dunedin City

Dwelling type

In Dunedin City, 14.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 13.2% in Otago Region in 2018.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Dunedin 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 Dunedin City.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Dwelling Type data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from two Census questions:

'Mark one space to show which of the following best describes this dwelling:

  • House
  • Townhouse
  • Unit
  • Apartment
  • Mobile dwelling (eg caravan, boat, tent)
  • Other'

And 'Is this building joined to any other dwelling,shop or business?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. We are waiting for further information regarding the comparability of this data against previous years, hence only 2018 data currently being shown. Also note that between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As as a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Dwelling structure
Dunedin City20182013Change
Dwelling structureNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Separate house41,20284.785.936,46282.984.4+4,740
Medium density7,01414.412.97,26616.514.7-252
High density1650.30.31380.30.3+27
Other dwelling2460.51.01260.30.7+120
Total occupied private dwellings48,627100.0100.043,992100.0100.0+4,635
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
Dwelling occupancy status
Dunedin City20182013Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Occupied private dwellings48,62791.985.046,21891.584.8+2,409
Unoccupied private dwellings3,9067.414.03,9157.814.1-9
Non private dwellings3690.71.03720.71.1-3
Total dwellings52,902100.0100.050,505100.0100.0+2,397
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: Unrated
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

In 2018, there were 41,202 separate houses in the area, 7,014 medium density dwellings, and 165 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of private dwellings in Dunedin City in 2018 shows that 84.7% of dwellings were separate houses; 14.4% were medium density dwellings, and 0.3% were high density dwellings, compared with 85.9%, 12.9%, and 0.3% in the Otago Region respectively.

Emerging groups

The total number of private dwellings in Dunedin City increased by 2,409 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Dunedin City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Separate house (+4,740 dwellings)
  • Medium density (-252 dwellings)
  • Other dwelling (+120 dwellings)

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