New Zealand Population (LIVE)

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New Zealand Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of New Zealand is 5,265,777 as of Sunday, May 26, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • New Zealand 2023 population is estimated at 5,228,100 people at mid year.
  • New Zealand population is equivalent to 0.06% of the total world population.
  • New Zealand ranks number 123 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in New Zealand is 20 per Km2 (51 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 263,310 Km2 (101,665 sq. miles)
  • 82.4 % of the population is urban (4,310,389 people in 2023)
  • The median age in New Zealand is 37.0 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of New Zealand (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationNew Zealand
Global Rank
2024 5,269,939 0.80 % 41,839 12,999 37.2 1.75 20 82.5 % 4,349,435 0.06 % 8,118,835,999 122
2023 5,228,100 0.83 % 42,812 12,999 37.0 1.76 20 82.4 % 4,310,389 0.06 % 8,045,311,447 123
2022 5,185,288 1.08 % 55,561 12,999 36.7 1.76 20 82.4 % 4,271,104 0.07 % 7,975,105,156 123
2020 5,061,133 2.06 % 102,099 38,220 36.4 1.79 19 82.8 % 4,191,405 0.06 % 7,840,952,880 123
2015 4,590,590 1.10 % 48,850 47,165 36.3 1.98 17 86.8 % 3,984,212 0.06 % 7,426,597,537 124
2010 4,346,338 1.01 % 42,711 6,258 35.9 2.16 17 86.6 % 3,765,257 0.06 % 6,985,603,105 124
2005 4,132,781 1.40 % 55,503 19,148 34.5 1.96 16 86.4 % 3,570,490 0.06 % 6,558,176,119 122
2000 3,855,266 0.97 % 36,275-6,080 33.3 1.98 15 86.1 % 3,319,552 0.06 % 6,148,898,975 123
1995 3,673,893 1.58 % 55,301 26,133 31.6 1.98 14 85.6 % 3,144,004 0.06 % 5,743,219,454 123
1990 3,397,389 0.78 % 25,807 71,491 30.1 2.17 13 84.8 % 2,879,680 0.06 % 5,316,175,862 125
1985 3,268,356 0.76 % 24,238 -13,674 28.4 1.93 12 83.7 % 2,734,626 0.07 % 4,861,730,613 122
1980 3,147,168 0.33 % 10,348 -15,213 26.9 2.03 12 83.4 % 2,625,162 0.07 % 4,444,007,706 117
1975 3,095,428 1.85 % 54,273 12,858 25.3 2.37 12 82.4 % 2,551,621 0.08 % 4,069,437,231 113
1970 2,824,061 1.37 % 37,149 4,590 24.6 3.17 11 80.9 % 2,285,874 0.08 % 3,695,390,336 112
1965 2,638,316 2.07 % 51,425 9,382 24.9 3.54 10 78.5 % 2,072,193 0.08 % 3,337,111,983 111
1960 2,381,189 2.15 % 48,043 4,371 26.5 4.24 9 75.7 % 1,803,134 0.08 % 3,019,233,434 110
1955 2,140,976 2.29 % 45,874 8,132 27.8 3.88 8 73.5 % 1,572,956 0.08 % 2,746,072,141 111
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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New Zealand Population Forecast

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationNew Zealand
Global Rank
2025 5,310,695 0.97 % 49,912 12,999 37.5 1.75 20 82.6 % 4,388,310 0.06 % 8,191,988,453 122
2030 5,495,670 0.69 % 36,995 12,999 39.1 1.72 21 83.3 % 4,578,933 0.06 % 8,546,141,327 123
2035 5,647,638 0.55 % 30,394 12,999 40.7 1.70 21 84.2 % 4,756,338 0.06 % 8,879,397,401 121
2040 5,770,708 0.43 % 24,614 12,999 42.0 1.70 22 85.2 % 4,918,991 0.06 % 9,188,250,492 120
2045 5,871,298 0.35 % 20,118 12,999 43.0 1.69 22 86.3 % 5,067,731 0.06 % 9,467,543,575 121
2050 5,949,002 0.26 % 15,541   43.8 1.69 23 87.4 % 5,200,447 0.06 % 9,709,491,761 121
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

New Zealand Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of New Zealand
Life Expectancy
83.16 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
3.4
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
4.1
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in New Zealand

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Auckland 417,910
2 Wellington 381,900
3 Christchurch 363,926
4 Manukau City 362,000
5 Waitakere 208,100
6 North Shore 207,865
7 Hamilton 152,641
8 Dunedin 114,347
9 Tauranga 110,338
10 Lower Hutt 101,194
11 Palmerston North 75,996
12 Rotorua 65,901
13 Hastings 61,696
14 Nelson 59,200
15 Napier 56,787
16 Mangere 55,266
17 Porirua 50,914
18 Whangarei 50,900
19 New Plymouth 49,168
20 Invercargill 47,287
21 Wanganui 40,268
22 Upper Hutt 38,400
23 Gisborne 34,274
24 Ashburton 30,100
25 Papakura 28,010
26 Timaru 28,007
27 Blenheim 26,550
28 Paraparaumu 25,263
29 Taupo 22,469
30 Pukekohe East 21,438
31 Masterton 20,698
32 Levin 19,789
33 Whakatane 18,602
34 Taradale 16,599
35 Cambridge 15,192

See also

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Notes

The New Zealand Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of New Zealand delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of New Zealand (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by New Zealand in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.