Auckland Population 2021

1,630,092
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Auckland's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,630,092. In 1950, the population of Auckland was 319,177. Auckland has grown by 23,528 since 2015, which represents a 1.46% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Auckland, which typically includes Auckland's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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.

Auckland Population 2021

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

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)
  4. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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