Tumbler Ridge leads Peace Region in population growth

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Also fast growing is Fort St. John, which has increased 6.9 per cent from 17,402 residents to 18,609. Dawson Creek also grew substantially, 5.4 per cent from 10,994 to 11,583. Chetwynd's population grew by only two residents, from 2,633 to 2,635, a change of just .1 per cent. The Peace River Regional District as a whole also grew 3.1 per cent, from 58,264 to 60,082.

On the other side, the District of Taylor's population shrank slightly, from 1,384 to 1,373, -.8 per cent. Hudson's Hope also decreased in population, dropping under the thousand mark, from 1,012 to 970, a change of -4.2 per cent. Pouce Coupe only lost one resident over five years, decreasing -.1 per cent from 739 to 738.

Outside the Peace, Fort Nelson suffered a significant drop in population, losing 13.6 per cent, going from 4,514 to 3,902.

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Overall Northeast B.C.'s population grew 1.9 per cent from 64,411 to 65,660 with a population density of .3 per square kilometre. As a whole, B.C.'s population grew 7 per cent, from 4,113,487 to 4,400,057, and Canada grew 5.9 per cent, from 31,612,897 to 33,476,688, the fastest growing of any G8 nation.

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