Marlborough population 43416

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:31 04/12/2013

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Marlborough's population has grown, but its wages continue to lag behind the national level, according to this year's census.

Every person in the country on March 5, Census Day, was required to provide information to the Government about their lives, from where they lived to how much they money they made.

In Marlborough, the usually resident population as of 5 March this year was 43,416, a 2 per cent increase on the 2006 Census result.

The census night population was 46,302, up 0.7 per cent.

Statistics NZ said the census showed 22,158 dwellings in Marlborough, with 18,198 of them occupied. This was 6.9 per cent up on the previous census. There were 3960 unoccupied dwellings, also up 15.8 per cent on the previous census.

Most people in Marlborough described themselves as European, with that number growing from 32,022 last census to 37,041 this year.

Another 1038 described themselves as "New Zealanders", but this was down from 6627 last census.

The number of Maori increased from 4275 to 4776, Pasifika from 642 to 969, Asian from 639 to 1182, and Middle Eastern, Latin American, or African increased from 192 to 246.

More people in the district came from overseas. The previous census recorded 5400 people as having moved here from other countries, but this year's census said 6600 people came to the district from overseas.

Of those, the largest number were from Britain. The next largest group were from Asia, and then from Europe, excluding Britain.

Marlborough's median wage (the middle earner between the highest and the lowest, not an average) was $27,900, almost $1000 below the national median wage.

The census figures showed 1188 people in Marlborough earned more than $100,000 a year, while 1602 people in Marlborough earned no income at all.

There were 264 people with no access to telecommunications, roughly the same as in 2006.

Regarding internet access, 12,714 households had access, meaning there were just over 4000 households without access.

The number of people owning a house increased, with the number of houses owned by a family trust doubling. 

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- The Marlborough Express

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