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Auckland Council

Demographics report card, Auckland area 2016

Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau, is New Zealand’s most populous city, with a third of the country’s residents. Auckland is home to over half of New Zealand’s overseas-born population and its ethnic diversity is reflective of a global city.

With Auckland’s natural beauty of three harbours, the Hauraki Gulf and rugged west coast beaches, it’s no wonder that Auckland is continuing to attract new residents at record levels.

Major public infrastructure projects now underway, including the Waterview Connection and the City Rail Link (CRL), are helping to support the long-term future of Auckland’s economy through better links to neighbouring regions, reduced congestion and improved
public transport services.

Age groups (2013)

  • 34% of NZ’S population
  • 35.1 YRs meidan age
  • 59% european, 23% asian, 15% Pacific, 11% māori
  • 39% born overseas
  • $76,500 median household income
  • 62% of residents employed
  • 545 schools (2016)
  • 177,267 businesses (2015)


Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the Auckland population increased by 8 per cent, compared with population growth of 5 per cent in New Zealand as a whole over that time.
Thirty-nine per cent of residents were born overseas, and of this group, 43 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest overseas born group was born in England (14% of those born overseas), followed by the People’s Republic of China (13%), India (8%) and Fiji (8%).

The Auckland population is slightly over represented in the working age population when compared with the total New Zealand population, having only 12 per cent of its population aged 65 years and over compared with 16 per cent for the rest of New Zealand.

Education and employment