Housh­old data highlights heat

The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.’’

REUTERS

Coal use in In­ver­cargill house­holds is 10 times the na­tional av­er­age.

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