Porirua now older

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ANDREA O’NEIL

Porirua is a big­ger, richer, older city than in 2006, ac­cord­ing to new cen­sus fig­ures.

The 2013 cen­sus sta­tis­tics, re­leased last week, give Porirua’s pop­u­la­tion as 51,717. At the last cen­sus, there were 3171 fewer peo­ple.

Porirua is now a larger city than In­ver­cargill – by 21 peo­ple.

Me­dian in­comes around the coun­try have risen and Porirua is no ex­cep­tion.

In­comes rose from $26,300 in 2006 to $ 31,400 this year. Porirua has a higher me­dian in­come than the New Zealand av­er­age of $28,500.

More than 2800 peo­ple in Porirua earn more than $100,000, but the most com­mon pay bracket is $ 50,000 to $70,000, the fig­ure 4695 peo­ple are earn­ing.

The next most pop­u­lar pay bracket, with 3036 peo­ple, is zero in­come.

Un­em­ploy­ment has grown faster than em­ploy­ment in the city.

This year 2379 Porirua peo­ple were un­em­ployed, com­pared with 1698 seven years ago. Em­ploy­ment has risen from 22,545 to 23,247 peo­ple.

Of­ten trum­peted as a young city, Porirua is ag­ing. Num­bers of young peo­ple have de­clined or stayed the same in six of eight age brack­ets un­der 40.

The only cat­e­gories in­creas­ing are 0 to 4-year-olds and 20 to 24-year-olds. Mean­while, ev­ery age group from 40 up has in­creased in num­bers.

There are 543 peo­ple aged 70 to 74 in Porirua, a 60 per cent jump from 2006.

English, Samoan and Maori re­main Porirua’s top three lan­guages, in that or­der. Twice as many peo­ple speak Samoan as Maori – 4881 and 2547 re­spec­tively – al­though 100 fewer peo­ple speak each lan­guage than seven years ago.

There are 45,747 peo­ple in Porirua who speak English. Of the rest of the pop­u­la­tion, 5000 do not speak English and 1000 are too young to speak.

Lan­guages in which there has been an ex­plo­sion in speak­ers in­clude Filipino lan­guage Ta­ga­log, which has more than dou­bled to 159 speak­ers. Man­darin and Can­tonese have also dou­bled, to 153 and 231 re­spec­tively. Afrikaans speak­ers have grown from 231 to 405, Span­ish from 189 to 306, and Hindi 258 to 420.

The most com­mon eth­nic­ity is Euro­pean, at 31,047, fol­lowed by Pa­cific peo­ples at 12,738 and Maori at 10,131.

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