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The Wellington Region

Current population estimate

The official population of the Wellington Region as of the 30th June 2016, is 504,800.

Populations are counted and estimated in various ways. The most comprehensive count of the New Zealand population is derived from the Census of Populations and Dwellings conducted by Statistics New Zealand every 5 years.

The census night population count of an area in New Zealand is a count of all people present in that area on a given census night. This count includes visitors from elsewhere in New Zealand and visitors from overseas who are counted in that area on census night, but excludes residents of that area who are temporarily elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas on census night. However the Census count is not the official population of an area.

To provide a more accurate population figure which is updated more frequently than every 5 years, Statistics New Zealand also produces Estimated Resident Population numbers.

The estimated resident population of New Zealand, or an area in New Zealand, is an estimate of all people who usually live in that area at a given date. It is based on the census usually resident population count, updated for residents missed or counted more than once by the census (net census undercount); residents temporarily overseas on census night; and births, deaths and net migration between census night and the date of the estimate.

The population counts published from the census are not comparable with the estimated resident population.

Estimated resident population figures are updated annually as at 30 June, taking into account births, deaths, internal and overseas migration. In addition, after every Census, estimated resident population figures for the 5 previous years are "backcast", using information from the current Census, to ensure the most accurate figures are available.

Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Wellington Region
Year (ending June 30)NumberChange in numberChange in percent
1996426,900----
1997431,200+4,300+1.0
1998433,900+2,700+0.6
1999435,800+1,900+0.4
2000437,500+1,700+0.4
2001440,200+2,700+0.6
2002445,800+5,600+1.3
2003452,300+6,500+1.4
2004457,800+5,500+1.2
2005461,600+3,800+0.8
2006466,300+4,700+1.0
2007469,300+3,000+0.6
2008471,800+2,500+0.5
2009475,600+3,800+0.8
2010479,400+3,800+0.8
2011483,400+4,000+0.8
2012485,100+1,700+0.4
2013486,700+1,600+0.3
2014491,400+4,700+1.0
2015496,900+5,500+1.1
2016504,800+7,900+1.6

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Subnational Population Estimates - information releases for June 30th June 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Estimated Resident Population (ERP) 2016, Wellington Region: 504,800 2015, Wellington Region: 496,900 2014, Wellington Region: 491,400 2013, Wellington Region: 486,700 2012, Wellington Region: 485,100 2011, Wellington Region: 483,400 2010, Wellington Region: 479,400 2009, Wellington Region: 475,600 2008, Wellington Region: 471,800 2007, Wellington Region: 469,300 2006, Wellington Region: 466,300 2005, Wellington Region: 461,600 2004, Wellington Region: 457,800 2003, Wellington Region: 452,300 2002, Wellington Region: 445,800 2001, Wellington Region: 440,200 2000, Wellington Region: 437,500 1999, Wellington Region: 435,800 1998, Wellington Region: 433,900 1997, Wellington Region: 431,200 1996, Wellington Region: 426,900
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Subnational Population Estimates - information releases for June 30th June 2013 and earlier issues. Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Annual change in Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Annual change in Estimated Resident Population (ERP) 2016, Percentage change: +1.6% 2015, Percentage change: +1.1% 2014, Percentage change: +1.0% 2013, Percentage change: +0.3% 2012, Percentage change: +0.4% 2011, Percentage change: +0.8% 2010, Percentage change: +0.8% 2009, Percentage change: +0.8% 2008, Percentage change: +0.5% 2007, Percentage change: +0.6% 2006, Percentage change: +1.0% 2005, Percentage change: +0.8% 2004, Percentage change: +1.2% 2003, Percentage change: +1.4% 2002, Percentage change: +1.3% 2001, Percentage change: +0.6% 2000, Percentage change: +0.4% 1999, Percentage change: +0.4% 1998, Percentage change: +0.6% 1997, Percentage change: +1.0% 2016, Change in number: +7,900 2015, Change in number: +5,500 2014, Change in number: +4,700 2013, Change in number: +1,600 2012, Change in number: +1,700 2011, Change in number: +4,000 2010, Change in number: +3,800 2009, Change in number: +3,800 2008, Change in number: +2,500 2007, Change in number: +3,000 2006, Change in number: +4,700 2005, Change in number: +3,800 2004, Change in number: +5,500 2003, Change in number: +6,500 2002, Change in number: +5,600 2001, Change in number: +2,700 2000, Change in number: +1,700 1999, Change in number: +1,900 1998, Change in number: +2,700 1997, Change in number: +4,300
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Subnational Population Estimates - information releases for June 30th June 2013 and earlier issues. Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
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