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Population change

Greater Christchurch population increases

There were 436,056 people living in greater Christchurch at the 2013 Census, compared with 424,935 at the 2006 Census. This was an increase of 11,121 (2.6 percent). Nationally, the population increased 5.3 percent over the same period.

Between the 2013 and 2006 Censuses, population changes in greater Christchurch were:

  • Christchurch city – down 2.0 percent to 341,469 people (compared with 348,459 in 2006)
  • Selwyn district – up 32.6 percent to 44,595 people (compared with 33,642 in 2006)
  • Waimakariri district – up 16.7 percent to 49,989 people (compared with 42,834 in 2006).

The areas with the largest population increases were on the south-west outskirts of Christchurch city and in Rolleston, which is 15km south-west of Christchurch city in Selwyn district.

The areas with the largest population decreases were in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch city.

Population change
By selected greater Christchurch area unit(1)
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Area unit Population Change 2006–2013 Censuses
2006 Census 2013 Census Number Percent
Increase
Aidanfield 1,296 2,895 1,599 123.4
West Melton 5,508 7,056 1,548 28.1
Rolleston South West 447 1,974 1,527 342.6
Lehmans 267 1,689 1,422 532.6
Rolleston North West 582 1,797 1,215 208.8
Decrease
Avondale 4,296 2,481 -1,815 -42.2
Burwood 2,868  1,065 -1,803 -62.9
Bexley  4,134   2,376 -1,758 -42.5
Dallington  3,603  1,863 -1,740 -48.3
Avonside 3,240  1,824 -1,416 -43.7
1. See a definition of area unit
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Immediate fall in Christchurch city's population following February 2011 quake

Population estimates show an average annual percentage increase of 1.0 percent in Christchurch city between the 2006 Census and the earthquakes.

Because of this trend, we would have expected average annual percentage increases for each of the years between the 2006 and 2013 Censuses, had there been no quakes. However, population estimates show decreases in the years after the quakes: down 2.5 percent for the year ended June 2011 and down 1.5 percent for 2012.

Graph, Christchurch city population estimates, average annual percentage change, year ended 30 June 2007 to 2013.

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