Christchurch Population 2022

402,464
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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.

Year Population
1950170,541
1951175,270
1952180,475
1953185,820
1954191,331
1955197,005
1956202,384
1957206,032
1958209,750
1959213,535
1960217,393
1961221,534
1962226,652
1963231,889
1964237,255
1965242,729
1966248,304
1967253,916
1968259,663
1969265,524
1970271,526
1971276,993
1972280,772
1973284,593
1974288,470
1975292,400
1976295,308
1977295,354
1978295,399
1979295,445
1980295,490
1981295,535
1982295,581
1983295,626
1984295,672
1985295,717
1986296,241
1987297,760
1988299,289
1989300,821
1990302,363
1991305,214
1992310,868
1993316,611
1994322,468
1995328,433
1996334,506
1997336,695
1998338,901
1999341,121
2000343,360
2001345,615
2002351,211
2003356,898
2004362,685
2005368,549
2006374,500
2007374,640
2008374,780
2009374,920
2010375,060
2011375,208
2012378,028
2013380,862
2014383,721
2015386,602
2016389,508
2017392,436
2018395,386
2019396,882
2020398,520
2021400,366
2022402,464
2023404,842
2024407,503
2025410,423
2026413,558
2027416,855
2028420,255
2029423,701
2030427,148
2031430,568
2032433,948
2033437,278
2034440,554
2035443,774

Christchurch Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950170,5410.00%
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
1957206,0321.80%3,648
1958209,7501.80%3,718
1959213,5351.80%3,785
1960217,3931.81%3,858
1961221,5341.90%4,141
1962226,6522.31%5,118
1963231,8892.31%5,237
1964237,2552.31%5,366
1965242,7292.31%5,474
1966248,3042.30%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
2027416,8550.80%3,297
2028420,2550.82%3,400
2029423,7010.82%3,446
2030427,1480.81%3,447
2031430,5680.80%3,420
2032433,9480.79%3,380
2033437,2780.77%3,330
2034440,5540.75%3,276
2035443,7740.73%3,220

Christchurch Population Data (Urban Area)

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