Houshold data highlights heat
As part of our election coverage in the Invercargill electorate, we’re breaking down some of the statistics available on the area to see what makes our region tick, and how it differs from other parts of the country.
Today, we look at data about our households and how people in the Invercargill electorate earn a living...
Households in the Invercargill electorate use proportionately more coal for heating than any other electorate in the the country.
The local percentage (31.4) is almost ten times the national average for coal use (3.9%).
Neighbouring Clutha-Southland comes in second for coal use (31%), followed by West Coast-Tasman (29%).
The only other electorates with double-figure percentages for coal use are Dunedin South, Dunedin North and the Maori electorate of Te Tai Tonga.
Just over half of Invercargill households use wood for heating, also well above the national figure of 35 per cent.
Eight out of ten local households use electricity for heating.
Only one half of one per cent of Invercargill households use mains gas for heating, compared to 11.4 per cent nationally.
Bottled gas use in Invercargill (10.9%) is also lower than the national figure of 14.6 per cent.
Two thirds of Invercargill households have one family, and just over one quarter (27%) are oneperson households.
Just over half of Invercargill houses are owned by the occupants, compared to 28 per cent which are not owned.
The proportion of local homes held in family trusts is 14 per cent.
Thirty-seven per cent of Invercargill households have one vehicle, 36 per cent have two vehicles, and 16 per cent have three or more. These proportions are all close to the national average.
Half of Invercargill people aged 15 or over drive a private car to work, and 12 per cent go in a company car.
Five per cent travel to work as passengers in a car, and 4 per cent walk or jog to work.
Just over one-third ( 69%) of Invercargill households have access to the internet, which is slightly below the national average of 73 per cent.
Local cellphone use ( 80%) is about the national average.
‘‘The median family income in Invercargill is $69,800, slightly below the national median.’’
Coal use in Invercargill households is 10 times the national average.