Statistics NZ started an argument back in October over Auckland’s rate of population growth, when it released preliminary census figures, but also produced its estimates, which put the population 129,000 higher than the census night figure.
The census night & usually resident (slightly lower) figures were confirmed yesterday, when Statistics NZ released population, housing and a host of regional statistics.
The region’s census-night population rose from 1,174,806 in 2001 to 1,322,922 in 2006 and to 1,438,446 in 2013. The rate of growth fell from 2.4% during the second of those periods (which included an immigration spike in 2003-04) to 1.2% in the last 7 years.
Among the myriad things you really wanted to know about Auckland:
- 40% of Auckland’s residents were born overseas
- 23.1% of Auckland’s population identified themselves as Asian
- After English, Samoan is Auckland’s most commonly spoken language, followed by Hindi & Northern Chinese
- The number of dwellings (occupied & unoccupied) increased by nearly 34,000 (7.1%) since 2006, to reach over 500,000 in 2013; the number of unoccupied dwellings in 2013 was almost the same as in 2006 at just over 33,000
- Auckland’s rate of home ownership has fallen to 61.5%, making it the region with the second-lowest rate of home ownership in New Zealand after Gisborne
- The median income for people aged 15 & over in the Auckland region was $29,600 in 2013, the third-highest among all regions
- 24.7% of people aged 15 & over in Auckland had a university degree or equivalent in 2013, compared to 19.9% in 2006
- Auckland had the highest rate of internet access at home (81.6%), up from 65.6% in 2006.
Among the figures Auckland mayor Len Brown focused on were a comparison of the rates of ageing in Auckland versus the rest of the country, and home ownership.
“While as a nation we are ageing, the rate of ageing is slower in Auckland than the rest of New Zealand. Auckland has 7200 more children than at the last census and there are almost 300,000 children aged 14 & below living in Auckland, and more than 210,000 young people aged 15-24.
“This backs our focus on children & young people, but brings particular challenges for Auckland around education & employment.
“And while home ownership figures nationally are down, it appears that, in Auckland, apartment, townhouse & retirement living is increasing at twice the rate of standalone dwellings, reflecting an appetite for a wider range of housing choices.
“The census data will be very useful in informing our planning for the future, including the unitary plan, local board plans & major projects such as the city rail link.”
Attribution: Statistics NZ release & tables, mayoral release.