Christchurch Population 2017

Christchurch is a city that is located in New Zealand. It is located in the South Island and is the largest city in this region in terms of population. In addition to being the most populous city in South Island, it is also the third most populous in the entire country. According to the most recent population estimates taken in 2017, the city’s metro area has a population of 396,700 while the city itself has a population of 381,500.

Christchurch Demographics

The city has residents that have moved there from all over the world. The largest population was originally born in the United Kingdom, with over 21,000 of its residents coming from that area. There are also over 6,800 residents that were originally born in China, over 5,500 that were born in Australia, and over 3,100 that came from the Philippines. Other residents include South Koreans, South Africans, Indians, Samoans, and Americans.

The city also is home to most of the South Island’s Pacific Islanders. About 62% of these people residen in Christchurch. Over 83% of the residents come from European nations, far outnumbering the nation average of 74%.

Christchurch History

Archaeological evidence shows that the area was first inhabited back in 1250, but the city was settled by Europeans in the 1840s. Following its establishment, a road was constructed beginning in the 1840s, and a railway line from Ferrymead was constructed in 1863. A railway tunnel to Lyttelton opened four years later.

Christchurch was the first city in New Zealand to be established as a city through a royal charter. This occurred in 1856. The city began to develop, and most of the Gothic Revival buildings that still stand today were built during this time.

The city continued to see growth throughout the 1900s. The city also has had its share of disasters, including a fire that killed 41 that occurred in 1947 and multiple earthquakes in the 2010s. Following the earthquakes, the city has begun to rebuild rapidly, particularly when it comes to residential buildings. There will be about 50,000 homes constructed through 2028 as part of the city’s recovery plan. The city now has shopping areas, the city center known as Cathedral Square which is currently being rebuilt, and many arts and cultural attractions.

Christchurch Population Growth

The city has seen a rapidly growing population in recent years, surpassing the 300,000 milestone by the time of the 1996 census. In recent years, some population declines have been observed, particularly following the earthquakes that occurred in the early 2010s. However, because the city has been following a plan to rebuild rapidly, population growth is climbing once again.

Christchurch Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2030398,0005.85%22,000
2025376,0005.32%19,000
2020357,0001.42%5,000
2017352,0000.28%1,000
2015351,000-1.40%-5,000
2010356,000-0.84%-3,000
2005359,0004.97%17,000
2000342,0006.21%20,000
1995322,0006.62%20,000
1990302,0002.03%6,000
1985296,0000.34%1,000
1980295,0001.03%3,000
1975292,0007.35%20,000
1970272,00011.93%29,000
1965243,00011.98%26,000
1960217,00010.15%20,000
1955197,00015.20%26,000
1950171,0000.00%0
Christchurch Population Growth

Christchurch's 2017 population is now estimated at 352,000. In 1950, the population of Christchurch was 171,000. Christchurch has grown by 1,000 in the last year, which represents a 0.28% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Christchurch, which typically includes Christchurch's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations