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2016 Census population numbers show big increases in Fort St. John, northeast B.C.

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Statistics Canada has released the first batch of Census numbers and they show that population is on the rise in the country, province and also in northern B.C.

Census Day was May 10, 2016 and the final number was 35,151,728 that reported they are living in Canada. Canada saw a 5% increase from 2011 to 2016 when it comes to population while B.C. saw a 5.6% increase.

When it comes to northeast B.C., the numbers went up a fairly large amount.

FORT ST JOHN

The City has 2 listings under the Census counts. One is strictly for Fort St. John (census subdivision) while the other Fort St. John listing (agglomeration) also includes Taylor, Charlie Lake, Baldonnel and Grandhaven.

When it comes to Fort St. John (census agglomeration) the numbers were as follows:

  • Population in 2016: 28,396
  • Population in 2011: 26,380
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +7.6%

When it comes to Fort St. John (census subdivision), the numbers were as follows:

  • Population in 2016: 20,155
  • Population in 2011: 18,609
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +8.3%

Both Fort St. John areas passed the provincial and national increases in 2016.

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A map showing Fort St. John (census agglomeration)/Statistics Canada

NORTHEAST B.C. 

Dawson Creek

  • Population in 2016: 12,178
  • Population in 2011: 11,583
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +5.1%

Chetwynd

  • Population in 2016: 2,503
  • Population in 2011: 2,635
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: -5%

Peace River Area B

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  • Population in 2016: 5,628
  • Population in 2011: 5,552
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +1.4%

Peace River Area C

  • Population in 2016: 6,772
  • Population in 2011: 6,398
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +5.8%

Peace River Area D

  • Population in 2016: 5,920
  • Population in 2011: 5,479
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +8%

Peace River Area E

  • Population in 2016: 2,949
  • Population in 2011: 2,764
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +6.7%

Hudson’s Hope

  • Population in 2016: 1,015
  • Population in 2011: 970
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +4.6%

Tumbler Ridge

  • Population in 2016: 1,987
  • Population in 2011: 2,710
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: -26.7

District of Taylor

  • Population in 2016: 1,469
  • Population in 2011: 1,373
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +7%
The District of Taylor saw a 7% increase in population according to the batch of 2016 Census number released today/Statistics Canada

FIRST NATIONS 

Halfway River

  • Population in 2016: 172
  • Population in 2011: 170
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: +1.2%

Doig River

  • Population in 2016: 118
  • Population in 2011: 120
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: -1.7%

Blueberry River

  • Population in 2016: 197
  • Population in 2011: 210
  • Percentage increase/decrease from 2011 to 2016: -6.2%

Statistics Canada says that the Census saw a 98.4% completion rate in 2016. Statistics Canada will continue releasing batches of data with the next release expected in the Spring of this year.

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