Wellington, New Zealand Metro Area 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 Wellington, New Zealand metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Wellington in 2020 is 415,000, a 0.48% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Wellington in 2019 was 413,000, a 0.49% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Wellington in 2018 was 411,000, a 0.74% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Wellington in 2017 was 408,000, a 0.74% 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
Wellington - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 415,000 0.48%
2019 413,000 0.49%
2018 411,000 0.74%
2017 408,000 0.74%
2016 405,000 0.75%
2015 402,000 0.75%
2014 399,000 0.76%
2013 396,000 0.76%
2012 393,000 0.77%
2011 390,000 0.78%
2010 387,000 0.78%
2009 384,000 0.79%
2008 381,000 0.79%
2007 378,000 0.53%
2006 376,000 1.35%
2005 371,000 1.09%
2004 367,000 1.10%
2003 363,000 1.40%
2002 358,000 1.13%
2001 354,000 0.57%
2000 352,000 0.57%
1999 350,000 0.29%
1998 349,000 0.58%
1997 347,000 0.58%
1996 345,000 1.17%
1995 341,000 1.19%
1994 337,000 1.20%
1993 333,000 1.22%
1992 329,000 1.23%
1991 325,000 0.31%
1990 324,000 0.00%
1989 324,000 0.00%
1988 324,000 0.00%
1987 324,000 0.31%
1986 323,000 -0.31%
1985 324,000 0.00%
1984 324,000 0.00%
1983 324,000 -0.31%
1982 325,000 0.00%
1981 325,000 -0.31%
1980 326,000 0.00%
1979 326,000 0.00%
1978 326,000 -0.31%
1977 327,000 0.00%
1976 327,000 4.14%
1975 314,000 5.72%
1974 297,000 6.07%
1973 280,000 5.66%
1972 265,000 6.00%
1971 250,000 7.30%
1970 233,000 7.87%
1969 216,000 8.00%
1968 200,000 8.11%
1967 185,000 8.19%
1966 171,000 3.64%
1965 165,000 1.85%
1964 162,000 2.53%
1963 158,000 1.94%
1962 155,000 2.65%
1961 151,000 1.34%
1960 149,000 2.05%
1959 146,000 1.39%
1958 144,000 2.13%
1957 141,000 1.44%
1956 139,000 0.72%
1955 138,000 0.73%
1954 137,000 0.74%
1953 136,000 0.74%
1952 135,000 0.75%
1951 134,000 0.75%
1950 133,000 0.00%