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Porirua CityCommunity profile


Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2018, indicates 68.9% of households in Papakowhai had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 54.4% in Porirua City.

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 Papakowhai 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
Number of carsNumber% of householdsPorirua City %Number% of householdsPorirua City %2013 to 2018
No motor vehicle 121.66.7182.39.4-6
1 motor vehicle 19826.030.423430.435.3-36
2 motor vehicles 35446.537.436947.936.2-15
3 or more motor vehicles 17122.417.014418.713.4+27
Not stated / included 273.58.460.85.7+21
Total households762100.0100.0771100.0100.0-9
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
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the car ownership of the households in Papakowhai in 2018 compared to Porirua City shows that 94.9% of the households owned at least one car, while 1.6% did not, compared with 84.8% and 6.7% respectively in Porirua City.

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

Overall, 26.0% of the households owned one car; 46.5% owned two cars; and 22.4% owned three cars or more, compared with 30.4%; 37.4% and 17.0% respectively for Porirua City.

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Papakowhai between 2013 and 2018.

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