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Wellington City

Current population estimate

The official population of the Wellington City as of the 30th June 2016, is 207,900.

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 City
Year (ending June 30)NumberChange in numberChange in percent
1996163,400----
1997166,000+2,600+1.6
1998167,400+1,400+0.8
1999168,600+1,200+0.7
2000169,500+900+0.5
2001171,100+1,600+0.9
2002174,400+3,300+1.9
2003178,800+4,400+2.5
2004182,100+3,300+1.8
2005184,500+2,400+1.3
2006187,700+3,200+1.7
2007189,500+1,800+0.9
2008190,800+1,300+0.7
2009192,500+1,700+0.9
2010193,700+1,200+0.6
2011195,400+1,700+0.9
2012196,600+1,200+0.6
2013197,500+900+0.5
2014200,000+2,500+1.3
2015203,800+3,800+1.9
2016207,900+4,100+2.0

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 City: 207,900 2015, Wellington City: 203,800 2014, Wellington City: 200,000 2013, Wellington City: 197,500 2012, Wellington City: 196,600 2011, Wellington City: 195,400 2010, Wellington City: 193,700 2009, Wellington City: 192,500 2008, Wellington City: 190,800 2007, Wellington City: 189,500 2006, Wellington City: 187,700 2005, Wellington City: 184,500 2004, Wellington City: 182,100 2003, Wellington City: 178,800 2002, Wellington City: 174,400 2001, Wellington City: 171,100 2000, Wellington City: 169,500 1999, Wellington City: 168,600 1998, Wellington City: 167,400 1997, Wellington City: 166,000 1996, Wellington City: 163,400
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: +2.0% 2015, Percentage change: +1.9% 2014, Percentage change: +1.3% 2013, Percentage change: +0.5% 2012, Percentage change: +0.6% 2011, Percentage change: +0.9% 2010, Percentage change: +0.6% 2009, Percentage change: +0.9% 2008, Percentage change: +0.7% 2007, Percentage change: +0.9% 2006, Percentage change: +1.7% 2005, Percentage change: +1.3% 2004, Percentage change: +1.8% 2003, Percentage change: +2.5% 2002, Percentage change: +1.9% 2001, Percentage change: +0.9% 2000, Percentage change: +0.5% 1999, Percentage change: +0.7% 1998, Percentage change: +0.8% 1997, Percentage change: +1.6% 2016, Change in number: +4,100 2015, Change in number: +3,800 2014, Change in number: +2,500 2013, Change in number: +900 2012, Change in number: +1,200 2011, Change in number: +1,700 2010, Change in number: +1,200 2009, Change in number: +1,700 2008, Change in number: +1,300 2007, Change in number: +1,800 2006, Change in number: +3,200 2005, Change in number: +2,400 2004, Change in number: +3,300 2003, Change in number: +4,400 2002, Change in number: +3,300 2001, Change in number: +1,600 2000, Change in number: +900 1999, Change in number: +1,200 1998, Change in number: +1,400 1997, Change in number: +2,600
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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