Information for the ward based on Statistics New Zealand census and population data

Population

  • In 2018, the population of Innes ward was 23,650. This was 6 per cent of Christchurch City's population.
  • Between 2013 and 2018, this ward's population increased by approximately 1,200 people, or 5 per cent. Christchurch City's population increased by 8 per cent.
Area 2006 2013 2018 % change 2013-2018
Innes ward 21,550 22,450 23,650 5%
Christchurch City 348,500 341,500 369,000 8%

Census usually resident population count, 2006-2018


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Life-cycle age groups

  • The median age in 2018 was 34.9 years for people in Innes ward. The median age in Christchurch City was 37.1 years.
  • This ward had a higher proportion of people aged 15-39 years, and a lower proportion of people aged 40+ years, than for all of Christchurch City.
  • In this ward, 16 per cent of people were aged under 15 years, 41 per cent were aged 15-39 years, 29 per cent were aged 40-64 years, and 14 per cent were aged 65 years and over.

 

Age groups, 2018

Ethnic groups

  • The most common ethnic group in Innes ward was European, with 79 per cent of the population identifying with this ethnic group in 2013. This was compared with 78 per cent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • The next most common ethnic group in Innes ward was Asian (14 per cent), followed by Māori (10 per cent), Pacific Peoples (3 per cent) and Middle Eastern/Latin American/African (MELAA) (2 per cent).

Ethnicity, 2018

Note: Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. As a result percentages do not add up to 100. MELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin American and African. The vast majority of people counted in 'Other Ethnicity' recorded ''New Zealander'' on their census form.

Birthplace

  • 28 per cent of people in Innes ward were born overseas, compared to 27 per cent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in Innes ward, the most common birthplace region was Asia (41 per cent). For Christchurch City, the most common birthplace region was Asia (43 per cent).
  • Most overseas-born migrants living in Innes ward had been living in New Zealand for 10 years of longer (44 per cent).
  • Half of overseas-born migrants living in Christchurch City had been in New Zealand for 10 years or longer.

Birth region (overseas born), 2018


Languages spoken

  • After English (96 per cent), the next most common languages people could speak in Innes ward were te reo Māori (2 per cent, 460 people), Tagalog (2 per cent, 360 people), Hindi (1 per cent, 340 people), and French (1 per cent, 300 people).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the most common language apart from English is te reo Māori, spoken by 7,850 people (2 per cent).
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by 0.6 per cent of people in Innes ward. This was the same proportion for all of Christchurch City.

Language(s) spoken (excluding English), 2018

Work and labour force status

  • In 2018, 55 per cent of those aged 15 years and over in Innes ward were employed full-time, compared with 50 per cent city-wide.
  • 14 per cent were employed part-time, while 28 per cent were not in the labour force (e.g. students who do not also work, retired people, stay-at-home parents, and those unable to work due to sickness/disability).
  • In 2018, 3.7 per cent of people were unemployed, compared with 3.8 per cent for all of Christchurch City. 

Occupation

  • The most common occupational group in this ward was 'Professionals' (25 per cent). 'Professionals' was also the most common occupational group in Christchurch City (24 per cent).
  • The next most common occupational groupings in this ward were 'Managers' (16 per cent) and 'Technicians and Trades Workers' (15 per cent).

Occupation, 2018


Study status

  • 8 per cent of people aged 15 years and over were engaged in full-time study, compared with 10 per cent city-wide.
  • 3 per cent of people aged 15 years and over were engaged in part-time study. This was the same proportion for Christchurch City as a whole.

Highest qualification

  • In 2018, 84 per cent of people aged 15 years and over in Innes ward had a formal qualification, compared with 83 per cent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • In Innes ward, 29 per cent of people aged 15 years and over held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 26 per cent for Christchurch City as a whole.

Highest qualification, 2018

Households

  • In 2018, there were 9,600 households in Innes ward.
  • The majority of these households (58 per cent) were one-family households. This was compared with 65 per cent for all of Christchurch.
  • One-person households made up 31 per cent of all households, compared with 25 per cent city-wide.
  • Other multi-person households (e.g. flatting situations) made up 8 per cent of this ward's households, compared with 7 per cent city-wide.

Household composition, 2018


Families

  • In 2018, there were 5,770 families living in Innes ward.
  • 44 per cent of families were couples without children, compared with 43 per cent city-wide.
  • 38 per cent of families were couples with child(ren), compared with 41 per cent city-wide.
  • 18 per cent of families were one-parent with child(ren), compared with 16 per cent city-wide. 

Household access to telecommunications

  • 85 per cent of households in this ward had access to the internet, compared with 87 per cent of all Christchurch households.
  • 92 per cent of households had access to a cellphone/mobile phone. This was the same proportion for Christchurch City as a whole.

Personal income

  • The median personal income for residents (aged 15 years and over) living in Innes ward was $35,600 in 2018. This was compared with a median of $32,900 for all of Christchurch City.
  • 30 per cent of people aged 15 years and over in this ward had an annual income of $20,000 or less, compared with 33 per cent of people for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • In Innes ward, 33 per cent of people aged 15 years and over had an annual income of more than $50,000, compared with 32 per cent of people in Christchurch City. 
  • In this ward, 12 per cent of people aged 15 years and over were receiving a main government benefit (unemployment, DPB, sickness or invalids). This was compared with 11 per cent for Christchurch City as a whole.

Personal income (population aged 15 years and over), 2018


Household income

  • The median income for households in Innes ward was $69,600 in 2018. This was compared with a median of $73,900 for all of Christchurch City.
  • 21 per cent of households in this ward had an annual income of $30,000 or less, compared with 19 per cent of people for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • 34 per cent of households in this ward had an annual income of more than $100,000, compared with 36 per cent of households in Christchurch City.

Family income

  • The median income for families living in Innes ward was $86,600 in 2018. This was compared with a median of $87,600 for all of Christchurch City.
  • 10 per cent of families in this ward had an annual income of $30,000 or less. This was the same proportion for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • 41 per cent of families had an annual income of more than $100,000, compared with 42 per cent of families in Christchurch City.

Deprivation

  • NZDep2018(external link) is a good indicator of small area socioeconomic deprivation. The scale of deprivation ranges from 1 to 10:
    • 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores.
    • 10 represents the areas with the most deprived scores.
    • Nationally, equal proportions of the population (about 10 per cent) live in each decile.
  • In Innes ward, around 12 per cent of this ward's population lived in the 'most deprived' areas (i.e. deciles 9 and 10), compared with 14 per cent of all of Christchurch City's population.
  • Around 8 per cent of this ward's population lived in the 'least deprived' areas (i.e. deciles 1 and 2), compared with 23 per cent of all of Christchurch City's population.

Population by deprivation quintile, 2018

Deprivation Index, 2018

The 2018 deprivation index(external link) was developed by researchers at the University of Otago, and combines nine variables from the 2018 census which reflect dimensions of socio-economic deprivation. NZDep2018 provides a deprivation score for each meshblock in New Zealand (a meshblock is generally the size of a street block in urban areas, containing approximately 30-60 dwellings). Deprivation scores apply to areas rather than individual people.

Disability

  • In 2018, 7 per cent of this ward's population aged 5 years and over were classed as disabled. This was the same proportion for all of Christchurch City.
A person is regarded as disabled if they have 'a lot of difficulty' or 'cannot do at all' one or more of the six activities in the Activity limitations questions. These six questions are the Washington Group Short Set of questions on Disability and are referred to as Activity limitations in the 2018 Census. The questions relate to difficulty: seeing; hearing; walking or climbing steps; remembering or concentrating; washing all over or dressing; and communicating.

Number of motor vehicles

    • In 2018, 10 per cent of households in Innes ward did not have a motor vehicle, compared to 7 per cent of all Christchurch households.
    • 74 per cent of households had either one or two motor vehicles, compared with 74 per cent city-wide.

Travel to work

    • In 2018, 74 per cent of workers in Innes ward (aged 15 years or over) usually travelled to work in a private or company car/truck/van, either as a driver or passenger. City-wide, this was 76 per cent.
    • 4 per cent usually travelled by bus, 7 per cent by bicycle, 5 per cent by walking/jogging, while 9 per cent usually worked at home.

Travel to work (usual means), 2018


Travel to education

    • In 2018, 50 per cent of students in Innes ward (aged 15 years or over) usually travelled to their place of education in a private or company car/truck/van, either as a driver or passenger. City-wide, this was 44 per cent.
    • 18 per cent usually travelled by bus, 11 per cent by bicycle, 8 per cent by walking/jogging, while 12 per cent usually studied at home.

Dwellings

  • In 2018, there were 10,600 dwellings in Innes ward. Of these, 9,600 were occupied private dwellings (91 per cent), and around 8 per cent were unoccupied private dwellings (i.e. dwelling was either empty or the occupants were away).
  • Around 1 per cent of all dwellings were under construction, and less than 1 per cent were occupied non-private dwellings (e.g. hostels, boarding houses, motels etc). 
  • Of the occupied private dwellings, 67 per cent were separate houses and 33 per cent were two or more flats/units/townhouses/apartments joined together. 

Home ownership and rentals

  • 51 per cent of households in Innes ward owned the dwelling that they lived in (includes family trusts). This was 64 per cent for all of Christchurch.
  • For the households renting their dwelling (49 per cent), the majority paid rent to a private landlord (83 per cent).
  • 11 per cent of rented dwellings were owned by Housing New Zealand/Kāinga Ora, compared with 12 per cent for all of Christchurch City.
  • 3 per cent of rented dwellings were Council-owned housing, compared with 3 per cent of city-wide dwellings.
  • Median rent was $330, compared with $350 for Christchurch City as a whole.

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