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In 2013, 29.1% of the Wellington City's population was born overseas, compared to 24.0% in Wellington Region.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the Wellington City. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for New Zealand's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the Wellington City's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ethnicity statistics, Māori Descent statistics, Languages Spoken data and Religion data.

Derived from the Census question:

'Which country were you born in?'.

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Wellington City20132006Change
Country of birthNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
United Kingdom14,4157.67.413,0087.37.3+1,407
India4,1942.21.52,6941.51.0+1,500
China, People's Republic of3,9092.01.34,3982.51.4-489
Australia3,3481.81.53,4051.91.5-57
Philippines2,6101.41.01,2150.70.5+1,395
United States of America2,1991.20.71,6050.90.6+594
Samoa1,8181.01.62,1661.21.8-348
South Africa1,8090.91.01,3620.80.7+447
Fiji1,6710.90.81,5390.90.7+132
Malaysia1,5690.80.51,3980.80.4+171
Germany1,1190.60.48310.50.3+288
Iraq9690.50.21,1700.70.3-201
Sri Lanka8970.50.38880.50.3+9
Canada8520.40.36840.40.3+168
Ireland8310.40.36150.30.3+216
Cambodia7080.40.36720.40.3+36
Netherlands7080.40.57620.40.5-54
Korea, Republic of6690.40.25820.30.2+87
Viet Nam6360.30.24260.20.2+210
Japan5820.30.24740.30.2+108
Singapore4680.20.24320.20.1+36
Indonesia4470.20.13390.20.1+108
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)4380.20.13990.20.1+39
France4350.20.12880.20.1+147
Thailand4260.20.23870.20.1+39
Russia4170.20.13930.20.1+24
Greece3720.20.14260.20.1-54
Zimbabwe2760.10.22280.10.1+48
Cook Islands2610.10.33270.20.3-66
Italy2550.10.12250.10.1+30
Taiwan2550.10.12160.10.1+39
Ethiopia2400.10.11530.10.0+87
Tonga2340.10.22730.20.2-39
Somalia2340.10.13180.20.1-84
Poland2220.10.12640.10.1-42
Chile2190.10.11410.10.0+78
Romania2130.10.12760.20.1-63
Brazil2040.10.1870.00.0+117
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Excludes countries with fewer than 5 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Wellington City20132006Change
Country of birthNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Overseas born55,50329.124.048,62427.122.4+6,879
New Zealand born125,80565.970.6123,93069.173.9+1,875
Not stated / included9,4895.05.46,7863.83.7+2,703

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2013
Birthplace, 2013 United Kingdom, Wellington Region: 7.4% India, Wellington Region: 1.5% China, People's Republic of, Wellington Region: 1.3% Australia, Wellington Region: 1.5% Philippines, Wellington Region: 1.0% United States of America, Wellington Region: 0.7% Samoa, Wellington Region: 1.6% South Africa, Wellington Region: 1.0% Fiji, Wellington Region: 0.8% Malaysia, Wellington Region: 0.5% United Kingdom, Wellington City: 7.6% India, Wellington City: 2.2% China, People's Republic of, Wellington City: 2.0% Australia, Wellington City: 1.8% Philippines, Wellington City: 1.4% United States of America, Wellington City: 1.2% Samoa, Wellington City: 1.0% South Africa, Wellington City: 0.9% Fiji, Wellington City: 0.9% Malaysia, Wellington City: 0.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2013
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2013 United Kingdom, Wellington City: +1,407 India, Wellington City: +1,500 China, People's Republic of, Wellington City: -489 Australia, Wellington City: -57 Philippines, Wellington City: +1,395 United States of America, Wellington City: +594 Samoa, Wellington City: -348 South Africa, Wellington City: +447 Fiji, Wellington City: +132 Malaysia, Wellington City: +171
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas

Overall, 29.1% of the population was born overseas, compared to 24.0% for the Wellington Region.

There were no major differences between Wellington City and Wellington Region in 2013.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2013, the number of people born overseas increased by 6,879 or 14.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2013 were for those born in:

  • India (+1,500 persons)
  • United Kingdom (+1,407 persons)
  • Philippines (+1,395 persons)
  • United States of America (+594 persons)

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