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2013 Census QuickStats about a place:
Shirley West

2018 Census place summaries has the latest information

Population and dwellings

Number of people counted

  • 3,624 people usually live in Shirley West. This is a decrease of 15 people, or less than one percent, since the 2006 Census.
  • Shirley West has 1.1 percent of Christchurch City's population.

Population of Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
 
Sex Shirley West Christchurch City
Male 1,770 167,832
Female 1,851 173,640
Total people 3,624 341,472

Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Number of dwellings counted

  • There are 1,419 occupied dwellings and 84 unoccupied dwellings in Shirley West.
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, there are 131,010 occupied dwellings and 17,784 unoccupied dwellings.
  • There are 0 dwellings under construction in Shirley West, and 765 under construction in Christchurch City.

Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Age and sex

Total population

  • The median age (half are younger, and half older, than this age) is 35.8 years for people in Shirley West. The median age in Christchurch City is 38.6 years.
  • 13.2 percent of people in Shirley West are aged 65 years and over, compared with 15.0 percent of the total Christchurch City population.
  • 20.2 percent of people are aged under 15 years in Shirley West, compared with 17.8 percent for all of Christchurch City.

Broad age group and sex of people
Shirley West
2013 Census
Graph, Broad age group and sex of people, selected area unit, 2013 Census.


Broad age group and sex of people
Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Broad age group and sex of people, selected territorial area, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Cultural diversity

Ethnic groups

  • The most common ethnic group in Shirley West is European, compared with European for Christchurch City as a whole.

Ethnic groups in Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
 
Ethnic group(1) Shirley West (percent) Christchurch City (percent)
European 82.8 83.9
Māori 12.0 8.5
Pacific peoples 5.4 3.1
Asian 7.4 9.4
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 1.8 1.0
Other ethnicity 2.3 1.9

1. 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.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace

  • 19.3 percent of people in Shirley West were born overseas, compared with 22.2 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in Shirley West, the most common birthplace was Asia, compared with Asia for people born overseas in all of Christchurch City.

Languages spoken

  • After English, the next most common language spoken in Shirley West is Samoan, which was spoken by 2.2 percent of people. For Christchurch City as a whole, the most common language apart from English is te reo Māori, spoken by 1.8 percent of people.
  • 2.0 percent of people in Shirley West speak te reo Māori, compared with 1.8 percent of people for all of Christchurch City.
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by 1.1 percent of people in Shirley West, compared with less than one percent of people for all of Christchurch City.
  • 83.6 percent of people in Shirley West speak only one language, compared with 84.2 percent of people for all of Christchurch City.

Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Relationship status

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 39.8 percent of people aged 15 years and over living in Shirley West have never married, 40.1 percent are married, and 20.1 percent are separated, divorced or widowed.
  • 27.5 percent of people in Shirley West aged 15 years and over who have never been married live with a partner.

Legally registered relationship status for people aged 15 years and over
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Legally registered relationship status for people aged 15 years and over, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Qualifications

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 73.9 percent of people aged 15 years and over in Shirley West have a formal qualification, compared with 80.4 percent in Christchurch City.
  • In Shirley West, 13.6 percent of people aged 15 years and over held a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest qualification, compared with 21.1 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.

Highest qualification for people aged 15 years and over
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Highest qualification for people aged 15 years and over, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Work

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • The unemployment rate in Shirley West is 6.7 percent for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 5.1 percent for all of Christchurch City.
  • The most common occupational group in Shirley West is 'professionals', and 'professionals' is the most common occupational group in Christchurch City.

Occupation for employed people aged 15 years and over
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Occupation for employed people aged 15 years and over, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Income

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • For people aged 15 years and over, the median income (half earn more, and half less, than this amount) in Shirley West is $27,200. This compares with a median of $29,800 for all of Christchurch City.
  • 38.0 percent of people aged 15 years and over in Shirley West have an annual income of $20,000 or less, compared with 36.3 percent of people for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • In Shirley West, 22.1 percent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000, compared with 27.1 percent of people in Christchurch City.

Total personal income for people aged 15 years and over
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Total personal income for people aged 15 years and over, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: Total population figures are for the census usually resident population count.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Families

Family type

  • Couples with children make up 36.9 percent of all families in Shirley West, while couples without children make up 36.6 percent of all families.
  • In Christchurch City, couples with children make up 39.8 percent of all families, while couples without children make up 42.8 percent of all families.
  • 26.5 percent of families in Shirley West are one parent with children families, while one parent with children families make up 17.4 percent of families for Christchurch City as a whole.

Family type
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Family type, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for families in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Households

Household composition

  • One-family households make up 65.9 percent of all households in Shirley West. For Christchurch City as a whole, one-family households make up 65.6 percent of all households.
  • In Shirley West, there are 360 one-person households making up 26.3 percent of all households. In Christchurch City, one-person households make up 25.6 percent of all households.
  • The average household size in Shirley West is 2.5 people, compared with an average of 2.5 people per household for all of Christchurch City.

Household composition
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Household composition, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Phone, fax, and Internet

Access to phones, fax machines, and Internet

  • 75.3 percent of households in Shirley West have access to the Internet, compared with 79.2 percent of households in Christchurch City.
  • In Shirley West, 83.9 percent of households have access to a cellphone, compared with 84.2 percent of households for Christchurch City as a whole.

Access to phones, fax machines, and Internet
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Access to phones, fax machines, and Internet, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Transport

Access to motor vehicles

  • 15.2 percent of households in Shirley West have access to three or more motor vehicles, compared with 16.9 percent of all households in Christchurch City.

Access to motor vehicles
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Access to motor vehicles, selected area unit and territorial authority area, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

Main means of travel to work

  • The most common means of travel to work on census day for people in Shirley West was driving a private car, truck or van (66.2 percent of people who travelled to work used this form of transport).
  • This was followed by driving a company car, truck or van (13.9 percent) and bicycle (6.7 percent).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the most common means of travel to work was driving a private car, truck or van, followed by driving a company car, truck or van and bicycle.

Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.


Housing

Home ownership

  • In Shirley West, 59.4 percent of households in occupied private dwellings owned the dwelling or held it in a family trust.
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, 64.8 percent of households in occupied private dwellings owned the dwelling or held it in a family trust.
  • For households in Shirley West who rented the dwelling that they lived in, the median weekly rent paid was $220. This compared with $300 for Christchurch City.

Home ownership by household
Shirley West and Christchurch City
2013 Census
Graph, Home ownership by household, selected area unit and territorial authority, 2013 Census.


Note: All figures are for households in occupied private dwellings.

Some percentages may be too small to show on graph.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.

Building consents

Building consent data for the year ended December 2013 showed that:

  • The total number of building consents issued for dwellings, including apartments, in Shirley West was 3.
  • The total number of building consents issued for apartments in Shirley West was 0.
  • The total value of residential building work in Shirley West was $1,785,420.
  • The total value of non-residential building work in Shirley West was $95,000.

Note: Building consent data is obtained from all accredited building consent authorities (ie territorial authorities) and is compiled if the building consent issued is valued over $5000. See data quality information on building consents.


Business

Business demographics

Business demographic data for the year ended February 2013 showed that:

  • There were 191 business locations (geographic units) in Shirley West compared with 37,434 for all of Christchurch City. This is an increase of 12.4 percent from the year ended February 2006 for Shirley West.
  • There were 670 paid employees in Shirley West compared with 186,880 for all of Christchurch City. This is an increase of 86.1 percent from the year ended February 2006 for Shirley West.

Top five industries in Shirley West
By employee count
For year ended February 2013
 
Industry (ANZSIC06)(1) Shirley West Christchurch City
Employee count Percent of total employee count Employee Count Percent of total employee count
Health care and social assistance 260 38.8 23,710 12.7
Education and training 100 14.9 14,660 7.8
Construction 75 11.2 19,030 10.2
Accommodation and food services 75 11.2 11,350 6.1
Retail trade 40 6.0 19,960 10.7

1. Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06 V1.0).
Note: Table may not show five industries as not all area units have five industries within their boundaries.
Some area units may have more than one industry with the same employee count but the table has been restricted to five industries.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: Business demographic data is sourced from a register of economically significant businesses which is maintained by Statistics New Zealand. See data quality information on business demographics.

Employee count data has been randomly rounded. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs. For areas with small populations, the data may not look as expected because of this rounding.

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