New Zealand Population 2018

4,763,150

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

New Zealand Population in 2018Source: By Wikikiwiman at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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 SpokenEnglish, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-41174
Currencies UsedNew Zealand Dollar
DemonymNew Zealander

Countries Bordering New Zealand

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New Zealand Population Density

New Zealand Top 20 Cities by Population

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

New Zealand Population Clock

The population of New Zealand (as of 10/20/2018)?4,763,150
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)4,749,598
Births Per Day170
Deaths Per Day90
Net Migrations Per Day 41
Net Change Per Day 121
Population Change Since January 1st35,453

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Estimate as of October 20th 2018 is: 4,762,617

New Zealand Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20184,749,59849.17%50.83%17.561260.93%
20174,705,81849.17%50.83%17.401250.97%
20164,660,83349.17%50.83%17.231241.00%
20154,614,53249.17%50.83%17.061241.09%
20104,370,06249.10%50.90%16.161231.11%
20054,135,35548.99%51.01%15.291231.39%
20003,858,99949.08%50.92%14.271210.98%
19953,674,93649.28%50.72%13.591211.58%
19903,398,17249.22%50.78%12.561240.78%
19853,268,23649.53%50.47%12.081210.76%
19803,146,61949.70%50.30%11.631200.41%
19753,082,63349.87%50.13%11.401131.81%
19702,818,38749.97%50.03%10.421121.42%
19652,626,64550.15%49.85%9.711102.06%
19602,372,59450.25%49.75%8.771102.12%
19552,136,39150.34%49.66%7.901122.29%
19501,908,00050.26%49.74%7.051130.00%

New Zealand Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20204,834,42049.17%50.83%17.871270.00%
20255,032,30849.18%50.82%18.611280.81%
20305,213,10349.19%50.81%19.271280.71%
20355,369,78549.22%50.78%19.851260.59%
20405,502,17249.26%50.74%20.341260.49%
20455,614,86549.30%50.70%20.761270.41%
20505,711,48449.37%50.63%21.121260.34%
20555,793,03649.44%50.56%21.421250.28%
20605,863,51949.53%50.47%21.681250.24%
20655,928,83049.63%50.37%21.921250.22%
20705,991,08149.71%50.29%22.151250.21%
20756,046,58749.77%50.23%22.361260.18%
20806,088,16349.79%50.21%22.511250.14%
20856,111,49749.80%50.20%22.601230.08%
20906,122,56549.80%50.20%22.641230.04%
20956,128,43849.80%50.20%22.661230.02%
Data Sources
  1. 2018 Census Information
  2. New Zealand 2013 Census
  3. Statistics New Zealand
  4. Statistics New Zealand
  5. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with official population estimates for 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  6. GeoNames Gazetteer