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Porirua CityCommunity profile


Number of bedrooms per dwelling

Dwellings with 3 bedrooms are the most common in Papakowhai in 2018.

The Number of Bedrooms in a dwelling is an indicator of the size of dwellings, and when combined with Dwelling Type information, provides insight into the role Papakowhai plays in the housing market. For example, an area of high density dwellings that are predominantly 1-2 bedroom are likely to attract students, single workers and young couples, whereas a high density area with dwellings that are predominantly 2-3 bedroom may attract more empty nesters and some families.

In combination with Household Type and Household Size, the Number of Bedrooms can also indicate issues around housing affordability, overcrowding and other socio-economic factors.

Please note: Statistics New Zealand rate the number of bedrooms topic as "High" quality, so there should be minimal issues with the data. However, the 2018 Census utilised past Census data and statistical imputation to improve the response rate for this variable, leading to a significant reduction in the "Not Stated/Not Elsewhere included" rate in 2018 (which is now close to zero). Users should take care in comparing to earlier years which have a higher Not Stated rate, as dwellings which were not stated in those years are distributed into various categories in 2018.


Derived from the Census question:

'For each type of room listed below, count the number in this dwelling? bedrooms, including any sleepouts furnished as bedrooms'

Number of bedrooms per occupied dwelling
Number of bedroomsNumber%Porirua City %Number%Porirua City %2013 to 2018
0 or 1 bedroom91.23.4243.12.7-15
2 bedrooms455.913.0455.812.10
3 bedrooms33043.348.429437.845.6+36
4 bedrooms30039.428.231540.527.0-15
5 bedrooms or more7810.26.98711.26.8-9
Not stated / included00.00.0121.55.7-12
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: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of bedrooms in dwellings in Papakowhai in 2018 compared to Porirua City shows that there was a lower proportion of dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and a higher proportion of dwellings with 4 or more bedrooms.

Overall, 7.1% of households were in dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and 49.6% of 4 or more bedroom dwellings, compared with 16.4% and 35.2% for Porirua City respectively.

The major differences between the number of bedrooms per dwelling of Papakowhai and Porirua City were:

  • A larger percentage of 4 bedrooms (39.4% compared to 28.2%)
  • A larger percentage of 5 bedrooms or more (10.2% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 2 bedrooms (5.9% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 3 bedrooms (43.3% compared to 48.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of bedrooms per dwelling in Papakowhai between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • 3 bedrooms (+36 dwellings)
  • 0 or 1 bedroom (-15 dwellings)
  • 4 bedrooms (-15 dwellings)
  • 5 bedrooms or more (-9 dwellings)

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