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Wellington CityPopulation forecast

Wellington City

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Wellington City is forecast to grow from 77,270 in 2013 to 98,070 in 2043, with the average household size falling from 2.62 to 2.52 by 2043.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Wellington City. The period 2013 to 2028, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
Wellington CityForecast year
Summary2013201820232028203320382043
Population197,500211,142221,421229,303234,286240,915248,953
Change in population (5yrs)--13,64110,2797,8834,9826,6308,038
Average annual change--1.34%0.96%0.70%0.43%0.56%0.66%
Households73,34178,45482,75186,63389,48792,62195,939
Average household size2.622.622.602.572.542.532.52
Population in non private dwellings5,0025,7656,1366,4416,6866,9687,073
Dwellings77,27080,25284,19988,16891,21594,57198,070
Dwelling occupancy rate94.9297.7698.2898.2698.1197.9497.83
Population and household forecasts, 2013 to 2043, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2019.

Key findings

In 2013, the total population of Wellington City was estimated to be 197,500 people. It is expected to increase by over 31,803 people to 229,303 by 2028, at an average annual growth rate of 1.00%. This is based on an increase of over 13,292 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.62 to 2.57 by 2028.

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