Otago families perform better than many regions on housing and neighbourhood safety

Families in Otago rated their region highly for housing, according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.

“While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data showed that Otago families were more likely than almost all other regions of New Zealand to live in well-off areas (66.1% vs. 54.1% nationally) and have affordable housing (80.3% vs. 67.3% nationally). Otago family members were also the most likely in the country to report feeling safe walking at night in their neighbourhoods (76% vs. 61.7% nationally),” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.

“However, Otago family members were also the most likely to report housing problems (61% vs. 65% nationally) and say that they couldn’t easily express their identity (80.1% vs 83.9% nationally).”

In Otago, there were 52,497* families at last count.

See our factsheet on the wellbeing of Otago families, or our factsheets for other regions.  

The factsheets look at the predominance of family types in each region, their ethnicity, and their wellbeing. To assess wellbeing, Superu looked at indicators like health, safety and environment, relationships and connections, identity, economic security and housing, and skills and employment, and compared them with other families across New Zealand.

This regional information is based on the data published in Superu’s 2016 Families and Whānau Status Report, which looked at the make-up and wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau. The report drew on multiple datasets such as the Census, the General Social Survey, the Household Economic Survey, the Disability Survey and the Youth Survey.

“This is the first time that a picture of how families are faring has been provided at a broad regional level. It is important to understand family wellbeing, not just individual wellbeing. There may be sub-regional variations but the data does not enable us to gain those insights at this point.”

* Source: 2013 Census

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Last update: 13 Feb 2017