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Napier CityCommunity profile

Napier City

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2018, indicates 51.2% of households in Napier City had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 54.5% in New Zealand.

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 Napier 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?'

Car ownership
Napier City20182013Change
Number of carsNumber% of householdsNew Zealand %Number% of householdsNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
No motor vehicle 1,4706.26.11,9508.57.5-480
1 motor vehicle 8,29235.031.19,13540.035.7-843
2 motor vehicles 8,50535.936.28,05235.236.5+453
3 or more motor vehicles 3,62415.318.42,71211.915.3+912
Not stated / included 1,7827.58.39964.45.0+786
Total households23,673100.0100.022,845100.0100.0+828
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 Napier City in 2018 compared to New Zealand shows that 86.3% of the households owned at least one car, while 6.2% did not, compared with 85.7% and 6.1% respectively in New Zealand.

Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a larger proportion who owned just one car; a similar proportion who owned two cars; and a smaller proportion who owned three cars or more.

Overall, 35.0% of the households owned one car; 35.9% owned two cars; and 15.3% owned three cars or more, compared with 31.1%; 36.2% and 18.4% respectively for New Zealand.

Emerging groups

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

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+912 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (-843 households)
  • No motor vehicle (-480 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+453 households)

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