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In Wellington City 55% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 34.3% were renting privately, and 5.0% were in social housing in 2018.
Wellington City's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nester Household Summary. Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.
In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in Wellington City, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.
Please note: Due to the sourcing of some 2018 data for housing tenure from administrative records, there has been a drop in various "Not stated" categories between 2013 and 2018, and a corresponding increase in some of the characteristics. Users should take care in interpreting change in particular categories, as apparent increases may be a result of shifting non-response into response categories. For more information please see the Stats NZ pages on Tenure of Household.
Questions 5-9 on the Census Dwelling Form, tenure of household is used to determine if the household owns the dwelling, holds it in a family trust, or does not own the dwelling, and whether payment is made by the household and to whom.
|Tenure type||Number||%||Wellington Region %||Number||%||Wellington Region %||2013 to 2018|
|Renting - Social housing||3,711||5.0||6.1||3,036||4.3||5.3||+675|
|Renting - Private||25,638||34.3||26.2||21,894||30.8||23.8||+3,744|
|Renting - Unknown sector||15||0.0||0.0||1,329||1.9||1.5||-1,314|
|Other tenure type||4,404||5.9||7.2||2,382||3.4||4.4||+2,022|
|Not stated / included||24||0.0||0.0||3,408||4.8||5.3||-3,384|
Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of Wellington City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.
Overall, 23.0% of the population owned their dwelling; 31.9% were purchasing, and 39.2% were renting, compared with 25.5%, 35.0% and 32.3% respectively for Wellington Region.
The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in Wellington City between 2013 and 2018 were:
The total number of households in Wellington City increased by 3,828 between 2013 and 2018.
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