Christchurch · Population

Question: What is the population of Christchurch? Answer: Christchurch, New Zealand (Administrative unit: Canterbury) - last known population is ≈ 381 800 (year 2015). This was 8.431% of total New Zealand population. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2013-2015 (+1.69%/year), Christchurch population in 2020 would be: 415 214*.

Population history [1]

Annual population change

[1968-1981] +0.95 %/year
[1981-1996] +0.96 %/year
[1996-2001] +0.66 %/year
[2001-2006] +1.62 %/year
[2006-2013] -0.2 %/year
[2013-2015] +1.69 %/year


GPS coordinates: -43.533, 172.633

Local time in Christchurch: 21:11 Tuesday GMT+13.

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Christchurch on city and population density map

City density [2]population density [3]Legend (Click on marker to hide it)

Sources, Notices

1968e, 1981e, 1996e, 2001e, 2006e, 2013e, 2015e. Legend: e-estimate, c-census, o-other, ..
* Unofficial, calculated population.
** In some cases boundaries changes also influence the comparability of the population data. Data is provided "as is" without warranty or any representation of accuracy, timeliness or completeness. Terms of use.
[1] Sources
Statistics New Zealand
Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)
• New Zealand official yearbook ISSN 0078-0170
• Hammond citation world atlas, 1987
[2] City density map, generated by using data provided to us by website. Every circle is city with population over 5000. Link
[3] Population density map generated by instructions from daysleeperrr on reddig. Link1. Used data source is the Gridded Population of the World (GPW), v3 online at the the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) at Columbia University. Link2. Additional urban land cover: Extracted from Global Land Cover Characteristics Data Base Version 2.0 and Binary MOD12Q1 data on Link3 (PNG,0.5Mb).