Current population

At June 2018, the city had an estimated 388,400 residents. This is an increase of 63,200 since 1996.

Future population

The city's population is growing by just under 1% per year. By 2043 it is expected there will be an additional 84,000 people living in the city.


The city's population fell by around 20,000 after the earthquakes, but record migration gains have seen the population recover.