Monday, 24 September 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Whitianga in numbers

Whitianga in numbers

Statistics New Zealand has recently released more information gathered in the 2013 Census that makes it possible to profile New Zealand’s towns and cities. It’s interesting to look at Whitianga and its place in the Thames Coromandel District (the TCD).

4,368 people usually live in Whitianga. This is an increase of 15.9 per cent since the 2006 Census and represents 16.7 per cent of the TCD’s population. There are 171 more females than males in town. The median age (half are younger and half are older than this age) of Whitianga residents is 48 years six months. In the TCD the median age is just more than 51 years. 22.7 per cent of people in Whitianga are older than 65, compared with 27 per cent in the TCD. 18 per cent of residents are under 15 years old. In the TCD the percentage is 16.3.

There are 1,986 occupied dwellings (61.4 per cent of all dwellings) in Whitianga and 1,248 unoccupied dwellings. In the TCD just more than 50 per cent of dwellings are occupied.

The most common ethnic group in Whitianga is European (89.1 per cent) with 14.4 per cent Maori and the balance from a wide range of other cultures. In the TCD Europeans make up 88.5 per cent of the population and Maori 16.6 per cent. 17.3 per cent of the people living in Whitianga were born overseas with the most common birthplace being the UK and Ireland. Just more than ten per cent of the population can speak more than one language, including 2.5 per cent who can speak Te Reo Maori. In the TCD the percentage of Te Reo speakers is 3.7.

Whitianga is a well-educated community - 73.9% per cent of people aged 15 years and over have a secondary school and/or post-school qualification. That is slightly higher than the 72.3 per cent of people in the TCD. 9.6 per cent of Whitianga residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification.

In Whitianga 6.3 per cent of people older than 15 years are unemployed. That is 0.5 per cent higher than the unemployment rate in the TCD. The most common occupation in Whitianga is manager, followed by labourer, professional, tradesperson and salesperson.

The median annual income (half earn more and half earn less than this amount) per person in Whitianga is low - just $23,100. 42.3 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of $20,000 or less, compared with 43 percent of people in the TCD as a whole. In Whitianga, 15.3 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000. In the TCD, the percentage is 17.2. According to the June 2013 New Zealand Income Survey (compiled by Statistics New Zealand),
the median weekly income of all people in New Zealand aged 15 and older is $844 per week, or $43,888 per year.

There are 679 businesses in Whitianga, representing 16.8 percent of all businesses in the TCD. These businesses employ 1,670 staff, an increase of 5 per cent from the 2006 Census. In the TCD there are 9,080 paid employees.

There are certainly a lot of numbers here, but they do make interesting reading and can help all of us to better understand and appreciate the community we live in.

We will in a future issue have a look at what the numbers are saying about Tairua-Pauanui.

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