Auckland Population 2022

1,652,341
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Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and central hub for transportation. Located in the North Island, it is also the most populous urban area in the country with a population estimated at 1.415 million in 2016.

The 2016 population of 1,415,550 in Auckland accounts for 33.4% of the country's population. The Auckland Council area has a larger population estimated at 1.57 million, and it is part of the larger Auckland Region, which includes many rural towns and areas to the south, along with the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. The urban population density is 1,210 people per square kilometer.

While 70% of the Auckland area is rural, 90% of Aucklanders live in urban areas.

Auckland Demographics

Auckland is very multi-cultural. Most residents are of European descent, mainly British and Irish, but there are large communities of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Maori as well. Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population of any city on earth. It also has a much higher percentage of Asian people than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Auckland is the most cosmopolitan city in the country with ethnic groups from around the world. 40% of the city's population are born overseas.

According to the 2013 New Zealand census, the ethnic breakdown of Auckland was as follows:

  • 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.

Auckland History

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.

Year Population
1950319,177
1951331,745
1952344,826
1953358,385
1954372,497
1955387,165
1956401,161
1957410,562
1958420,197
1959430,057
1960440,164
1961452,080
1962470,862
1963490,424
1964510,827
1965532,019
1966553,163
1967572,549
1968592,643
1969613,383
1970634,880
1971655,680
1972673,232
1973691,204
1974709,682
1975728,654
1976744,730
1977751,878
1978759,105
1979766,402
1980773,779
1981781,206
1982788,715
1983796,296
1984803,961
1985811,678
1986820,790
1987832,749
1988844,899
1989857,192
1990869,681
1991887,073
1992915,015
1993943,756
1994973,442
19951,004,061
19961,035,648
19971,053,801
19981,072,297
19991,091,117
20001,110,294
20011,129,774
20021,157,047
20031,184,978
20041,213,624
20051,242,880
20061,272,842
20071,288,150
20081,303,663
20091,319,320
20101,335,187
20111,351,275
20121,378,916
20131,407,043
20141,435,785
20151,465,113
20161,495,083
20171,525,666
20181,556,875
20191,582,028
20201,606,564
20211,630,092
20221,652,341
20231,673,220
20241,692,770
20251,711,127
20261,728,479
20271,745,027
20281,760,935
20291,776,323
20301,791,271
20311,805,853
20321,820,135
20331,834,147
20341,847,902
20351,861,416

Auckland Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950319,1770.00%
1951331,7453.94%12,568
1952344,8263.94%13,081
1953358,3853.93%13,559
1954372,4973.94%14,112
1955387,1653.94%14,668
1956401,1613.61%13,996
1957410,5622.34%9,401
1958420,1972.35%9,635
1959430,0572.35%9,860
1960440,1642.35%10,107
1961452,0802.71%11,916
1962470,8624.15%18,782
1963490,4244.15%19,562
1964510,8274.16%20,403
1965532,0194.15%21,192
1966553,1633.97%21,144
1967572,5493.50%19,386
1968592,6433.51%20,094
1969613,3833.50%20,740
1970634,8803.50%21,497
1971655,6803.28%20,800
1972673,2322.68%17,552
1973691,2042.67%17,972
1974709,6822.67%18,478
1975728,6542.67%18,972
1976744,7302.21%16,076
1977751,8780.96%7,148
1978759,1050.96%7,227
1979766,4020.96%7,297
1980773,7790.96%7,377
1981781,2060.96%7,427
1982788,7150.96%7,509
1983796,2960.96%7,581
1984803,9610.96%7,665
1985811,6780.96%7,717
1986820,7901.12%9,112
1987832,7491.46%11,959
1988844,8991.46%12,150
1989857,1921.45%12,293
1990869,6811.46%12,489
1991887,0732.00%17,392
1992915,0153.15%27,942
1993943,7563.14%28,741
1994973,4423.15%29,686
19951,004,0613.15%30,619
19961,035,6483.15%31,587
19971,053,8011.75%18,153
19981,072,2971.76%18,496
19991,091,1171.76%18,820
20001,110,2941.76%19,177
20011,129,7741.75%19,480
20021,157,0472.41%27,273
20031,184,9782.41%27,931
20041,213,6242.42%28,646
20051,242,8802.41%29,256
20061,272,8422.41%29,962
20071,288,1501.20%15,308
20081,303,6631.20%15,513
20091,319,3201.20%15,657
20101,335,1871.20%15,867
20111,351,2751.20%16,088
20121,378,9162.05%27,641
20131,407,0432.04%28,127
20141,435,7852.04%28,742
20151,465,1132.04%29,328
20161,495,0832.05%29,970
20171,525,6662.05%30,583
20181,556,8752.05%31,209
20191,582,0281.62%25,153
20201,606,5641.55%24,536
20211,630,0921.46%23,528
20221,652,3411.36%22,249
20231,673,2201.26%20,879
20241,692,7701.17%19,550
20251,711,1271.08%18,357
20261,728,4791.01%17,352
20271,745,0270.96%16,548
20281,760,9350.91%15,908
20291,776,3230.87%15,388
20301,791,2710.84%14,948
20311,805,8530.81%14,582
20321,820,1350.79%14,282
20331,834,1470.77%14,012
20341,847,9020.75%13,755
20351,861,4160.73%13,514

Auckland Population Data (Urban Area)

Other Cities in New Zealand

  1. Greater Auckland - Population growth in 2016
  2. Stats New Zealand - Population projections overview
  3. Auckland Council - Auckland census and profile (2013)

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