New Zealand Population 2017

4,726,113

New Zealand's current population is estimated at just over 4.71 million in 2017. The most recent census was held in 2013, when the total population was counted as 4,242,048.

New Zealand Population Growth

Like its neighbour Australia, New Zealand publishes its own online population clock and in late 2016, the estimated figure is shown as 4,723,562. Government statistics draw on their estimated levels of natural growth, and are slightly higher than the UN's estimates, which have estimated New Zealand's 2017 population at 4.71 million.

The New Zealand population clock projects from the June 2016 estimated population using the following factors:

  • One birth every nine minutes
  • One death every fifteen minutes
  • One net migration gain every six minutes and twenty nine seconds

New Zealand was actually losing citizens to migration as recently as 2012, but now has a significant positive net migration. This, coupled with the difference between births and deaths, contributes to a healthy rise in population that is expected to continue throughout the 21st century.

New Zealand Census

The most recent New Zealand census was taken in 2013. This census counted 4,242,048 people, up from 4,027,947 in 2006. This represents a 5.3% gain in the 7 years between censuses. The census is usually held every five years, but in 2011 New Zealand suffered from a major earthquake, which pushed the 2011 census back to 2013. The next census is scheduled to be taken in 2018.

New Zealand Demographics

As far as demographics are concerned, the indigenous Maoris were overtaken in terms of numbers by European settlers as early as the 19th century. The 2013 census revealed that of the total population of over 4 million, 74% of citizens declared themselves to be of European descent. Maoris made up for 14.9% with those of Asian ethnicity contributing another 11.8%.

New Zealand Population in 2018Source: Aidan

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

New Zealand Population Growth

New Zealand continues to rise in population, although at a slower rate than in years past. By the end of the century, the population is estimated to level off around a peak of just over 6 million. Of course, with estimates so far into the future, changes in fertility rates or migration could dramatically alter these projections.

The current UN estimates have the population surpassing the 5 million person plateau towards the end of the next decade.

About New Zealand

Official NameNew Zealand
Languages SpokenNew Zealand Sign Language, Māori, English
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-41174
Currencies UsedNZD

New Zealand Population Density

Name Population
Auckland417,910
Wellington381,900
Christchurch363,926
Manukau City362,000
Waitakere208,100
North Shore207,865
Hamilton152,641
Dunedin114,347
Tauranga110,338
Lower Hutt101,194
Palmerston North75,996
Rotorua65,901
Hastings61,696
Nelson59,200
Napier56,787
Mangere55,266
Porirua50,914
Whangarei50,900
New Plymouth49,168
Invercargill47,287
Wanganui40,268
Upper Hutt38,400
Gisborne34,274
Ashburton30,100
Papakura28,010
Timaru28,007
Blenheim26,550
Paraparaumu25,263
Taupo22,469
Pukekohe East21,438
Masterton20,698
Levin19,789
Whakatane18,602
Taradale16,599
Cambridge15,192
Tokoroa14,277
Richmond14,000
Oamaru13,000
Gore12,108
Hawera11,068
Takanini10,870
Queenstown10,442
Kaiapoi10,200
Greymouth9,419
Pakuranga8,907
Waiuku7,555
Motueka7,485
Thames7,136
Kawerau6,702
Petone6,609
Papatowai6,593
Waitara6,318
Matamata6,306
Otaki6,086
Kerikeri5,654
Ngaruawahia5,106
Waitangi300

New Zealand Population Clock

What is the population of New Zealand (as of 12/12/2017)?4,726,113
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4,705,818
Births Per Day169
Deaths Per Day89
Net Migrations Per Day 43
Net Change Per Day 123
Population Change Since January 1st42,558

New Zealand Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 13.229 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.934 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.329 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.952 years
Male Life Expectancy 80.26 years
Female Life Expectancy 83.606 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.986 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.957 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.055 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.932 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 5 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.046 years
Rate of Natural Increase 6.295
Median Age (Total) 37.8 years
Median Age (Female) 38.7 years
Median Age (Male) 36.9 years

New Zealand Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20174,705,81849.17%50.83%171250.98%
20154,614,53249.17%50.83%171241.09%
20104,370,06249.10%50.90%161231.11%
20054,135,35548.99%51.01%151231.39%
20003,858,99949.08%50.92%141210.98%
19953,674,93649.28%50.72%141211.58%
19903,398,17249.22%50.78%131240.78%
19853,268,23649.53%50.47%121210.76%
19803,146,61949.70%50.30%121200.41%
19753,082,63349.87%50.13%111131.81%
19702,818,38749.97%50.03%101121.42%
19652,626,64550.15%49.85%101102.06%
19602,372,59450.25%49.75%91102.12%
19552,136,39150.34%49.66%81122.29%
19501,908,00050.26%49.74%71130.00%

New Zealand Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20204,834,42049.17%50.83%181270.00%
20255,032,30849.18%50.82%191280.81%
20305,213,10349.19%50.81%191280.71%
20355,369,78549.22%50.78%201260.59%
20405,502,17249.26%50.74%201260.49%
20455,614,86549.30%50.70%211270.41%
20505,711,48449.37%50.63%211260.34%
20555,793,03649.44%50.56%211250.28%
20605,863,51949.53%50.47%221250.24%
20655,928,83049.63%50.37%221250.22%
20705,991,08149.71%50.29%221250.21%
20756,046,58749.77%50.23%221260.18%
20806,088,16349.79%50.21%231250.14%
20856,111,49749.80%50.20%231230.08%
20906,122,56549.80%50.20%231230.04%
20956,128,43849.80%50.20%231230.02%