New Zealand Population 2016

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New Zealand's current population is estimated at just over 4.7 million in 2016. This figure comes from New Zealand's official population clock. 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 2016 population at 4,565,185.

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 2016 Source: 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.

New Zealand Population Density

About New Zealand

Official Name New Zealand
Languages Spoken New Zealand Sign Language, English, Māori
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -41,174
Currencies Used NZD

New Zealand Population Clock

What is the population of New Zealand (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 33
Deaths Per Day 17
Net Migrations Per Day 34
Net Change Per Day 50
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

New Zealand Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 13.053 births/thousand 142nd
Crude Death Rate 6.834 deaths/thousand 125th
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.679 people/thousand 27th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 82.197 years 15th
Life Expectancy (Male) 80.475 years 9th
Life Expectancy (Female) 83.865 years 22nd
Total Fertility Rate 2.002 children/woman 123rd
Net Reproduction Rate 0.958 surviving daughters/woman 120th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female 69th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.905 deaths/1,000 live births 165th
Under Five Mortality 4.793 deaths/thousand 165th
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.231 years 56th
Rate of Natural Increase 6.011 140th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.859% 33rd
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.319% 35th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.403% 37th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 6.558% 33rd
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 7.789% 35th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.381% 37th
Crude Suicide Rate 10.3 suicides/thousand 65th
Median Age (Total) 37.8 years 59th
Median Age (Female) 38.7 years 58th
Median Age (Male) 36.9 years 55th

New Zealand Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 4,565,185 48.856% 51.144% 17 195 0.87% 127
2015 4,528,526 48.871% 51.129% 17 195 0.81% 125
2010 4,369,027 49.087% 50.913% 16 194 0.81% 122
2005 4,134,699 48.972% 51.028% 15 193 1.27% 124
2000 3,858,234 49.074% 50.926% 14 190 1.25% 121
1995 3,674,886 49.277% 50.723% 13 188 1.15% 121
1990 3,397,534 49.217% 50.783% 12 188 1.4% 123
1985 3,268,192 49.525% 50.475% 12 186 0.67% 121
1980 3,146,770 49.703% 50.297% 11 186 0.58% 119
1975 3,082,883 49.878% 50.122% 11 183 0.84% 113
1970 2,819,548 49.974% 50.026% 10 182 1.84% 112
1965 2,628,002 50.163% 49.837% 9 182 1.53% 110
1960 2,371,999 50.262% 49.738% 9 175 2.16% 110
1955 2,136,000 50.342% 49.658% 8 175 2.17% 111
1950 1,908,001 50.262% 49.738% 7 177 2.06% 113

New Zealand Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 4,729,667 48.893% 51.107% 17 199 0.84% 127
2025 4,922,923 48.912% 51.088% 18 200 0.76% 128
2030 5,103,202 48.928% 51.072% 19 200 0.66% 128
2035 5,261,100 48.945% 51.055% 19 202 0.54% 127
2040 5,394,802 48.974% 51.026% 20 202 0.45% 128
2045 5,509,126 49.019% 50.981% 20 202 0.38% 127
2050 5,607,472 49.083% 50.917% 21 202 0.31% 127
2055 5,689,534 49.239% 50.761% 21 202 0.26% 127
2060 5,761,998 49.411% 50.589% 21 203 0.24% 127
2065 5,830,948 49.584% 50.416% 22 202 0.23% 126
2070 5,898,684 49.746% 50.254% 22 201 0.22% 125
2075 5,961,611 49.885% 50.115% 22 201 0.2% 125
2080 6,016,071 49.99% 50.01% 22 199 0.15% 124
2085 6,054,951 50.076% 49.924% 22 198 0.1% 121
2090 6,078,670 50.144% 49.856% 23 198 0.05% 120
2095 6,090,325 50.198% 49.802% 23 198 0.02% 120
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations
  2. New Zealand 2013 Census