Auckland Population 2020
While 70% of the Auckland area is rural, 90% of Aucklanders live in urban areas.
- New Zealand European: 59.3%
- Pacific Islander: 14.6%
- Asian: 23.1%
- Maori: 10.7%
- Middle Eastern/Latin American/African: 1.9%
- Other: 1.2%
- "New Zealander:" 8.0%
More than 50% of people in Auckland are Christian, but less than 10% attend church regularly. Nearly 40% of the population claims no religious affiliation. Common denominations include Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian.
The isthmus of Auckland was first settled by the Maori sometime around 1350. Fortified villages were created on the volcanic peaks, and the population reached nearly 20,000 before the Europeans first arrived. In 1832, Joseph Brooks Weller purchased land, including the sites of Auckland and North Shore. The area was chosen as the new capital in 1840 and named after George Eden, Earl of Auckland, then the Viceroy of India. The land of Auckland was given to the Governor by the Maori as a sign of goodwill, creating a British colonial settlement.
Within a year, the population was almost 2,000, which reached 3,500 by the mid-century. By 1900, Auckland was the largest city in New Zealand. It has remained the fastest growing city of New Zealand and the leading industrial center since this time.
Auckland Population Growth
Auckland is the main destination for immigrants to New Zealand, in part because of its strong job market. The number of non-European immigrants has grown dramatically in the last two decades because of the removal of restrictions based on race. Because so many people immigrate into Auckland, the New Zealand government's immigration services have started to award extra points toward visa requirements for people who intend to move to another area of the country.
Since 2006, Auckland has accounted for more than 50% of the country's population growth, adding 110,000 people during this time.
Source: By Christian Mehlf�hrer, User:Chmehl [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons