The census captures information on dwelling counts and type of dwelling.

Changes in the number of dwellings typically reflect population growth patterns in the City. The earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 disrupted growth patterns and had a large impact on the City's dwelling stock.

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In the 2013 Census, there were 148,800 dwellings in Christchurch City.

88% were occupied and 12% were unoccupied. Further information.

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In the 2013 Census, there were 131,010 occupied dwellings in Christchurch, 4200 fewer than in 2006.

Nearly all of these were occupied private dwellings, with the exception of 582 occupied non-private dwellings. Further information.

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In the 2013 Census, there were 17,800 unoccupied private dwellings in Christchurch, almost double the number in 2006. Further information.      

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Separate house dwellings are the most common dwelling type in Christchurch, accounting for 72% of the City's occupied private dwellings in the 2013 Census. Further information.

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In 2013, less than 1% of the City's occupied dwellings were non-private dwellings. Further information.

Total dwellings

In the 2013 Census, there were 148,800 dwellings in Christchurch City. This was 4,100 more than in the 2006 Census.

The City's dwelling count includes private and non-private dwellings, along with occupied and unoccupied dwellings.

In 2013, 88% of dwellings were occupied and 12% were unoccupied. 

Occupied dwellings count

The 2013 Census recorded 131,010 occupied dwellings in Christchurch City. This was 4260 fewer than in 2006. This three% decrease can largely be attributed to the 2010–2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, which caused widespread damage to the City's residential housing stock.  

The number of occupied dwellings is expected to increase at the 2018 Census, due to a large amount of new housing stock built in Christchurch since the 2013 Census.  

Geographically, Sydenham area unit had the highest number of occupied dwellings in Christchurch in 2013, with 2,650 occupied dwellings. This was followed by Sockburn (2,300), Barrington North (2,250) and St Albans East (2,150).

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Unoccupied dwellings count

The 2013 Census recorded 17,800 unoccupied dwellings in Christchurch.  This number increased by 88% from the 2006 Census.  

This large increase is primarily due to the resident displacement caused by the earthquakes, with many families forced to relocate as a result of earthquake damage. The number of unoccupied dwellings can be expected to decrease by the 2018 Census, as the majority of damaged dwellings have been repaired or rebuilt.

Occupied private dwellings type

In 2013, of the City's 131,010 occupied dwellings, almost all were privately occupied. 

Separate house dwellings are the most common dwelling type in Christchurch, accounting for 73% of all occupied private dwellings in the 2013 census. This proportion has remained around 73% since 2001.

Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, there was a decrease of almost 5,000 Separate House dwelling types and almost 1,400 Two or more Flats or Houses Joined Together dwelling types. This is a result of the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

Occupied non-private dwellings

In 2013, less than one% of occupied dwellings were non-private dwellings.

Of the 582 occupied non-private dwellings, 246 were institutions (such as residential care for older people, educational institution, residential and community care, prison, hospital etc.). A further 327 were classed as 'other' (such as hotels, motels, boarding houses, motor camps, communal staff quarters, marae etc.).

 

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