Wellington Population 2022

419,087
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Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban region of New Zealand. It is actually comprised of 4 cities: Wellington city located between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour with about 50% of the population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour; Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt to the northeast. In 2018, Wellington has a population estimated at 418,500, growing slightly from the 397,000 estimated in 2013.

Population Density of Wellington

The urban area has a fairly low population density of 2,300 people per square mile, or 900 per square kilometer. The larger metropolitan area has a population of about 403,000, with a density of 750 people per square mile (290/square kilometer). The urban area has 99% of the population, with the remaining areas being mostly sparse farmland and mountains.

City Size

The city of Wellington covers a surface area of approximately 442 km2 (171 sq mi). The metro area expands outward to a total of 1,388 km2 (536 sq mi).

Communities

Wellington city contains both the business district and nearly half of Wellington's population. Porirua, meanwhile, is known for the large Pacific Island and Maori communities. The population breakdown of the four cities, according to the 2006 census, was:

  • Wellington: 179,000
  • Lower Hutt: 98,000
  • Upper Hutt: 38,000
  • Porirua: 49,000

Interestingly, Wellington is the southernmost capital city of any country in the world. The city was also ranked as the 4th among the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011 by Lonely Planet, which called it the "coolest little capital in the world."

Wellington Population Demographics

Wellington has a sizable Maori ethnic population with about 55,500 Maori living in Wellington, up more than 8% from 2001. The Maori population of Wellington is the 4th largest out of 16 New Zealand regions, and 10% of all Maori in the country live in the Wellington area.

Wellington is second only to Auckland in terms of its ethnic variety. In 2006, the area had the second-highest Asian population in the country at 8.4% (Auckland: 18.9%), and the second-highest Pacific Islander population at 8% (Auckland: 14.4%). More than 26% of Wellingtonians were born outside of the country. In 2013, almost 73% of the population identified as European in Wellington City.

Wellington also has a higher-than-average percentage of residents with a degree (21%), and the highest number of households that do not have a car at 11%.

Wellington Population Growth

Wellington is expected to continue steady growth over the next decade, although growth is picking up in Wairarapa as population growth slows in the Wellington area. Between 2006 and 2011 , Wellington City alone increased by more than 10,000 people. The region is expected to grow by more than 13% by 2031.

Year Population
2035462,317
2034458,961
2033455,549
2032452,079
2031448,558
2030444,993
2029441,400
2028437,804
2027434,254
2026430,804
2025427,516
2024424,441
2023421,624
2022419,087
2021416,828
2020414,818
2019413,012
2018411,346
2017408,165
2016405,009
2015401,877
2014398,774
2013395,695
2012392,644
2011389,608
2010386,767
2009383,946
2008381,150
2007378,367
2006375,608
2005371,231
2004366,907
2003362,621
2002358,392
2001354,211
2000352,348
1999350,495
1998348,654
1997346,824
1996345,005
1995340,990
1994337,022
1993333,099
1992329,228
1991325,391
1990324,055
1989323,897
1988323,740
1987323,582
1986323,424
1985323,645
1984324,049
1983324,455
1982324,860
1981325,266
1980325,672
1979326,079
1978326,487
1977326,894
1976327,302
1975314,079
1974296,647
1973280,182
1972264,652
1971249,944
1970232,775
1969215,638
1968199,784
1967185,057
1966171,433
1965165,184
1964161,582
1963158,048
1962154,596
1961151,220
1960148,525
1959146,022
1958143,566
1957141,150
1956138,779
1955137,508
1954136,523
1953135,545
1952134,576
1951133,611
1950132,654

Wellington Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035462,3170.73%3,356
2034458,9610.75%3,412
2033455,5490.77%3,470
2032452,0790.78%3,521
2031448,5580.80%3,565
2030444,9930.81%3,593
2029441,4000.82%3,596
2028437,8040.82%3,550
2027434,2540.80%3,450
2026430,8040.77%3,288
2025427,5160.72%3,075
2024424,4410.67%2,817
2023421,6240.61%2,537
2022419,0870.54%2,259
2021416,8280.48%2,010
2020414,8180.44%1,806
2019413,0120.41%1,666
2018411,3460.78%3,181
2017408,1650.78%3,156
2016405,0090.78%3,132
2015401,8770.78%3,103
2014398,7740.78%3,079
2013395,6950.78%3,051
2012392,6440.78%3,036
2011389,6080.73%2,841
2010386,7670.73%2,821
2009383,9460.73%2,796
2008381,1500.74%2,783
2007378,3670.73%2,759
2006375,6081.18%4,377
2005371,2311.18%4,324
2004366,9071.18%4,286
2003362,6211.18%4,229
2002358,3921.18%4,181
2001354,2110.53%1,863
2000352,3480.53%1,853
1999350,4950.53%1,841
1998348,6540.53%1,830
1997346,8240.53%1,819
1996345,0051.18%4,015
1995340,9901.18%3,968
1994337,0221.18%3,923
1993333,0991.18%3,871
1992329,2281.18%3,837
1991325,3910.41%1,336
1990324,0550.05%158
1989323,8970.05%157
1988323,7400.05%158
1987323,5820.05%158
1986323,424-0.07%-221
1985323,645-0.12%-404
1984324,049-0.13%-406
1983324,455-0.12%-405
1982324,860-0.12%-406
1981325,266-0.12%-406
1980325,672-0.12%-407
1979326,079-0.12%-408
1978326,487-0.12%-407
1977326,894-0.12%-408
1976327,3024.21%13,223
1975314,0795.88%17,432
1974296,6475.88%16,465
1973280,1825.87%15,530
1972264,6525.88%14,708
1971249,9447.38%17,169
1970232,7757.95%17,137
1969215,6387.94%15,854
1968199,7847.96%14,727
1967185,0577.95%13,624
1966171,4333.78%6,249
1965165,1842.23%3,602
1964161,5822.24%3,534
1963158,0482.23%3,452
1962154,5962.23%3,376
1961151,2201.81%2,695
1960148,5251.71%2,503
1959146,0221.71%2,456
1958143,5661.71%2,416
1957141,1501.71%2,371
1956138,7790.92%1,271
1955137,5080.72%985
1954136,5230.72%978
1953135,5450.72%969
1952134,5760.72%965
1951133,6110.72%957
1950132,6540.00%

Wellington Population Data (Urban Area)

Other Cities in New Zealand

  1. Stats New Zealand - Wellington Region census statistics
  2. Wellington City Council - Profile of Wellington, including population forecasts

Sources