Christchurch, New Zealand Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Christchurch, New Zealand metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Christchurch in 2020 is 399,000, a 0.5% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Christchurch in 2019 was 397,000, a 0.51% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Christchurch in 2018 was 395,000, a 0.77% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Christchurch in 2017 was 392,000, a 0.51% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in New Zealand
City Name Population
Auckland 1,607,000
Wellington 415,000
Christchurch 399,000
Christchurch - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 399,000 0.50%
2019 397,000 0.51%
2018 395,000 0.77%
2017 392,000 0.51%
2016 390,000 0.78%
2015 387,000 0.78%
2014 384,000 0.79%
2013 381,000 0.79%
2012 378,000 0.80%
2011 375,000 0.00%
2010 375,000 0.00%
2009 375,000 0.00%
2008 375,000 0.00%
2007 375,000 0.00%
2006 375,000 1.63%
2005 369,000 1.65%
2004 363,000 1.68%
2003 357,000 1.71%
2002 351,000 1.45%
2001 346,000 0.87%
2000 343,000 0.59%
1999 341,000 0.59%
1998 339,000 0.59%
1997 337,000 0.60%
1996 335,000 2.13%
1995 328,000 1.86%
1994 322,000 1.58%
1993 317,000 1.93%
1992 311,000 1.97%
1991 305,000 0.99%
1990 302,000 0.33%
1989 301,000 0.67%
1988 299,000 0.34%
1987 298,000 0.68%
1986 296,000 0.00%
1985 296,000 0.00%
1984 296,000 0.00%
1983 296,000 0.00%
1982 296,000 0.00%
1981 296,000 0.34%
1980 295,000 0.00%
1979 295,000 0.00%
1978 295,000 0.00%
1977 295,000 0.00%
1976 295,000 1.03%
1975 292,000 1.39%
1974 288,000 1.05%
1973 285,000 1.42%
1972 281,000 1.44%
1971 277,000 1.84%
1970 272,000 2.26%
1969 266,000 2.31%
1968 260,000 2.36%
1967 254,000 2.42%
1966 248,000 2.06%
1965 243,000 2.53%
1964 237,000 2.16%
1963 232,000 2.20%
1962 227,000 2.25%
1961 222,000 2.30%
1960 217,000 1.40%
1959 214,000 1.90%
1958 210,000 1.94%
1957 206,000 1.98%
1956 202,000 2.54%
1955 197,000 3.14%
1954 191,000 2.69%
1953 186,000 3.33%
1952 180,000 2.86%
1951 175,000 2.34%
1950 171,000 0.00%