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Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city. It is also the country's cultural capital and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.
About 496,000 people live in the Wellington region, which is 10.6% of New Zealand’s population. The Wellington region is home to many diverse cultures, with Statistics New Zealand estimating around 25% of the people in Wellington are born overseas. Its rich cultural scene makes it as exciting for singles as it is welcoming for families.
The population mix consists of:
* Note: Total of more than 100% due to people being able to associate with more than one ethnic group.
Deutsche Bank named Wellington the city with the best quality of life in 2018, beating 50 global cities to the top spot. Pollution, traffic and commute, property price to income ratios and purchasing power were considered to determine the rankings.
The Nielsen Quality of Life Survey, released in October 2016, measures the perceptions of over 5000 residents living in six of the country’s largest urban areas.
More people use public transport in Wellington than anywhere else in New Zealand - 30% use public transport in Wellington compared with 18% of residents in Auckland and 9% of residents in Christchurch.
About 23,000 people commute into Wellington City every working day and around 11% of Wellingtonians walk to work. More people in Wellington walk or bike to work than the average New Zealander and there are regional initiatives to encourage cycling and walking to work.
The most common occupational group in Wellington is 'Professionals'. Wellington region has the highest proportion of working age population and the highest median income in the country (Statistics New Zealand).
Wellington's median income is $49,192, higher than the national median of $45,760 and higher than Auckland's median income of $48,204 (Statistics New Zealand).
55.1% of Wellingtonians own their own home. The median house price in the Wellington region is $394,000. This is well below the national median house price of $448,000, and Auckland's median house price of $720,000 (REINZ).
Wellington’s talent pool of well educated, worldly and skilled people is its greatest asset, and Wellingtonians are better educated than the average New Zealander.
In the Wellington region, 28% percent of people aged 15 years and over hold a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest qualification, compared with 20% nationally (Statistics New Zealand).
As the capital city, Wellington is home to many of best education institutions in the country, including three universities, three institutes of technology, and a large number of private training establishments.