Population

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Current population

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

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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.

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Migration

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