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Greater Wellington Regional CouncilCommunity profile

Wellington Region

Housing rental quartiles

In the Wellington Region, the 'Highest group' was the largest quartile, comprising 27.5% of renting households in 2018.

Rental payments in the Wellington Region are indicative of its residential role and function and are directly related to the value of residential property. When viewed with Household Income data they may also indicate the level of 'housing stress' in the community.

The quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the rental costs of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Housing Rental Payment quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.


Derived from the Census questions:

'Does this household pay rent to an owner (or to their agent for this dwelling?' and 'How much rent does this household pay to the owner (or agent) for this dwelling?'

Note: This page currently presents only territorial level data, along with regional and national benchmarks. Small area analysis will not be uploaded until the 2013 and 2006 datasets become available.

Housing rental quartiles
Wellington Region20182013Change
Quartile groupNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Lowest group12,79721.523.810,53320.223.7+2,264
Medium lowest15,04325.323.212,43723.923.7+2,606
Medium highest15,25925.724.512,76424.525.2+2,495
Highest group16,31927.528.416,33431.427.4-15
Total Persons59,418100.0100.052,068100.0100.0+7,350
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Housing rental - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from rental payment data for New ZealandWeekly housing rental payments by Census year
Rental payment ranges201820132006
Lowest group$0 to $217$0 to $192$0 to $136
Medium lowest$218 to $346$193 to $288$137 to $212
Medium highest$347 to $473$289 to $379$213 to $290
Highest group$474 and over$380 and over$291 and over

Dominant groups

Rental payment quartiles allow us to compare relative rental liabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by rental payment quartiles in the Wellington Region compared to North Island shows that there was a smaller proportion of households in the highest payment quartile, as well as a smaller proportion in the lowest payment quartile.

Emerging groups

The total number of households renting their dwelling in Wellington Region increased by 7,350 between 2013 and 2018. The most significant change during this period was in the Medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 2,606 households.

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