POPULATION CHANGES: Census data for Christchurch has been released.
Almost 10,000 people have left Christchurch East in the last seven years, while Selwyn and Waimakariri have had population booms.
Newly released Census data shows Christchurch East had 55,804 people registered as living there in 2006. As of June 2013, that number had dropped to 45,967.
That means the electoral population of the Christchurch East seat is below its electoral population quota, by 23 per cent, as a result of the quakes.
Both the Port Hills and Christchurch Central seats are also down, both by around 10 per cent.
Christchurch Central’s population dropped by about 4000 (58,309 in 2006 to 54,104 in 2013) and Port Hills by about 2000 (55,568 to 53,667).
Countering those drops have been population gains in Selwyn, Wigram and Waimakariri.
Selwyn rose about 13,000 in population, from 54,760 to 67,818, while Waimakariri rose about 7000 (from 57,504 to 64,454).
Wigram’s population increased about 5000, from 60,047 to 65,433.
Ilam’s population went from 59,869 in 2006 to 59,578.
The electoral populations are among the first figures to be released from the 2013 census data…