Source: Statistics New Zealand census of population and dwellings 2013

City wide

  1991 1996 2001 2006  2013
Christchurch City 296,061 316,611 323,956 348,435  341,469
Numeric Change (from previous Census) 7,113 20,550 7345 24,378  -6,966
Percentage Change (from previous Census) 2.5% 6.9% 2.3% 7.5%  -2%
New Zealand 3,373,927 3,618,302 3,737,277 4,027,947 4,242,048
Numeric Change (from previous Census) 110,643 244,375 118,975 290,670  214,101
Percentage Change (from previous Census) 3.4% 7.2% 3.2% 7.8%  5%

Wards

  2006 2013 Numerical Change  Percentage Change
Banks Peninsula Ward 8,166 8,238 72  0.9
Burwood-Pegasus Ward 57,018 47,679 -9,339  -16.4
Fendalton-Waimairi Ward 52,959 56,169 3,210  6.1
Hagley-Ferrymead Ward 55,272 49,050 -6,222 -11.3
Riccarton-Wigram Ward 60,825 65,529 4,704  7.7
Shirley-Papanui Ward 60,144 59,349 -795  -1.3
Spreydon-Heathcote Ward 54,051 55,455 1,404  2.6

Note: Some totals may differ between tables due to rounding.

The City's population has fallen since the previous census in 2006. This followed a period of steady growth between previous census years. The decline can be attributed to the series of earthquakes which occurred in 2010 and 2011.


Area unit

To see the data above at area unit level, please refer to the area unit spreadsheet [XLS, 90 KB]. This file is in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, so you may require the free Excel viewer (external link) to view it. Area unit boundaries can be viewed here Christchurch City Council area unit map [PDF, 1.2 MB].


Usually Resident Population Area Unit Maps

The numeric change in population map shows the net increase or decrease of people in each area unit in the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy area and the Banks Peninsula area of the City. The percentage change map shows the relative change in population within each area unit between 2006 and 2013.  It should be noted that some changes will be exaggerated where a small change in an area unit with a small population will result in a greater percentage change than if an area unit had a larger population.

The population density and change of population density maps in this file show the concentration and change in concentration of people across the Greater Christchurch UDS area and the Banks Peninsula area of Christchurch City.