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Newly released census data shows Christchurch CBD bouncing back – Media release

25 June 2020

Newly released data from the 2018 Census shows that the Christchurch central business district (CBD) is bouncing back after the 2010/2011 earthquakes, with more than 11,000 additional workers in the CBD than at the time of the 2013 Census, Stats NZ said today.

This was a 77.0 percent increase, compared with 37.2 and 1.7 percent increases, for Auckland and Wellington CBDs respectively. Auckland’s CBD workforce was the largest, with almost 100,000 people at the time of the 2018 Census, while over 76,000 employed people gave a workplace address in central Wellington.

The newly released data provides information about where people live, work, and study. It also includes information about the means of transport people used to commute to work and study, and is available at statistical area level 2 (SA2). SA2 is a statistical output geography with an approximate population of 1,000 to 4,000 people.

“Previous censuses have shown that the number of people commuting into our largest cities from outlying towns and areas has increased since the 1990s,” senior manager census data delivery Susan Hollows said.

“Data from the 2018 Census allows us to understand more recent tr