New Zealand Population 2018
New Zealand's current population is estimated at just over 4.75 million in 2018. The most recent census was held in 2018 but these results have not been released yet, however, we have the data from the previous census in 2013 when the total population was counted as 4,242,048.
New Zealand Surface Area and Population Density
The total surface area within New Zealand comes in at 270,467 kilometers squared (or 104,427.89 square miles). The population density is currently approximately 17.56 individuals per square kilometer, or roughly 6 people per square mile.
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 2018 population at 4.75 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%.
In terms of languages used within New Zealand, there are quite a few. They include English (de facto official language) 89.8%, Maori (de jure official) 3.5%, Samoan 2%, Hindi 1.6%, French 1.2%, Northern Chinese 1.2%, Yue 1%, other or not stated 20.5%, New Zealand Sign Language (official language). Many respondants use multiple languages which will creat 100%+ sums in some of these notes.
The religions among the residents of New Zealand come in at Christian 44.3% (including Catholic 11.6%, Anglican 10.8%, Presbyterian and Congregational 7.8%, Methodist, 2.4%, Pentecostal 1.8%, other 9.9%), Hindu 2.1%, Buddhist 1.4%, Maori Christian 1.3%, Islam 1.1%, other religion 1.4% (includes Judaism, Spiritualism and New Age religions, Baha'i, Asian religions other than Buddhism), no religion 38.5%, not stated or unidentified 8.2%, and those objected to answering came in at 4.1%.
Components of Population Change
|One birth every 8 minutes|
|One death every 16 minutes|
|One net migrant every 35 minutes|
|Net gain of one person every 12 minutes|