Christchurch Population 2024

Christchurch's 2024 population is now estimated at 407,503In 1950, the population of Christchurch was 170,541Christchurch has grown by 2,661 in the last year, which represents a 0.66% 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 Christchurch, which typically includes Christchurch's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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 initially 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 residing in Christchurch. Over 83% of the residents come from European nations, far outnumbering the national average of 74%.

Christchurch History

Archaeological evidence shows that the area was first inhabited back in 1250, but Europeans settled the city in the 1840s. Following its establishment, a road was constructed beginning in the 1840s, and a railway line from Ferrymead was built 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 developing a plan to rebuild rapidly, population growth is climbing once again.

Growth Rate
0.66%

Christchurch Population 2024

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Growth
1950170,541
1951175,2702.77%4,729
1952180,4752.97%5,205
1953185,8202.96%5,345
1954191,3312.97%5,511
1955197,0052.97%5,674
1956202,3842.73%5,379
1957206,0321.8%3,648
1958209,7501.8%3,718
1959213,5351.8%3,785
1960217,3931.81%3,858
1961221,5341.9%4,141
1962226,6522.31%5,118
1963231,8892.31%5,237
1964237,2552.31%5,366
1965242,7292.31%5,474
1966248,3042.3%5,575
1967253,9162.26%5,612
1968259,6632.26%5,747
1969265,5242.26%5,861
1970271,5262.26%6,002
1971276,9932.01%5,467
1972280,7721.36%3,779
1973284,5931.36%3,821
1974288,4701.36%3,877
1975292,4001.36%3,930
1976295,3080.99%2,908
1977295,3540.02%46
1978295,3990.02%45
1979295,4450.02%46
1980295,4900.02%45
1981295,5350.02%45
1982295,5810.02%46
1983295,6260.02%45
1984295,6720.02%46
1985295,7170.02%45
1986296,2410.18%524
1987297,7600.51%1,519
1988299,2890.51%1,529
1989300,8210.51%1,532
1990302,3630.51%1,542
1991305,2140.94%2,851
1992310,8681.85%5,654
1993316,6111.85%5,743
1994322,4681.85%5,857
1995328,4331.85%5,965
1996334,5061.85%6,073
1997336,6950.65%2,189
1998338,9010.66%2,206
1999341,1210.66%2,220
2000343,3600.66%2,239
2001345,6150.66%2,255
2002351,2111.62%5,596
2003356,8981.62%5,687
2004362,6851.62%5,787
2005368,5491.62%5,864
2006374,5001.61%5,951
2007374,6400.04%140
2008374,7800.04%140
2009374,9200.04%140
2010375,0600.04%140
2011375,2080.04%148
2012378,0280.75%2,820
2013380,8620.75%2,834
2014383,7210.75%2,859
2015386,6020.75%2,881
2016389,5080.75%2,906
2017392,4360.75%2,928
2018395,3860.75%2,950
2019396,8820.38%1,496
2020398,5200.41%1,638
2021400,3660.46%1,846
2022402,4640.52%2,098
2023404,8420.59%2,378
2024407,5030.66%2,661
2025410,4230.72%2,920
2026413,5580.76%3,135
2027416,8550.8%3,297
2028420,2550.82%3,400
2029423,7010.82%3,446
2030427,1480.81%3,447
2031430,5680.8%3,420
2032433,9480.79%3,380
2033437,2780.77%3,330
2034440,5540.75%3,276
2035443,7740.73%3,220
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