Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Mapping New Zealand Population Growth

All sixteen regions of New Zealand have experienced population growth in the year ending 30 June 2018. In many of these regions international and internal migration was responsible for a large part of this growth. Lots of people want to move to New Zealand. Presumably not all of them are Silicon Valley billionaires preparing for the apocalypse.

You can compare the effect of natural increase and net migration on New Zealand's regional population growth on this Estimated Resident Population Change interactive map from Stats NZ. The map allows you to compare side-by-side the effect of natural increase and net migration on each regional council area. In the Tasman and Gilman regions net migration accounted for as much as 90% of local population growth. While in the Gisborne and Southland regions net migration was responsible for only around 50% of population growth.

You can read more about the data behind the map and the areas of New Zealand which experienced the highest growth in population last year in Stats NZ's report Migration drives local population growth.

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