FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Stats has released the most recent population statistics for British Columbia and Northeast B.C. continues to see a climb.
Overall, population saw an increase of 0.4% in the Peace Region area.
Chetwynd saw a population of 2,877 in 2016 and had the highest percentage increase in the Peace Region (+4.7%) in 2016, up from 2,748 in 2015.
The District of Taylor saw a population of 1,544 in 2016 and had the second highest percent increase (+2.0%) in 2015/2016.
Fort St. John saw a population of 22,618 in 2016 and had an increase of 1.8% in 2015/2016. In 2015, population numbers sat at 22,214.
Dawson Creek was one of the areas that saw a decline in population. In 2016, they had a population number of 12,115 (-1.7%). In 2015, population numbers were sitting at 12,320.
The Northern Rockies Municipality also saw a decrease in 2015/2016 (-0.3%). Population numbers sat at 5,384 in 2016 and 5,402 in 2015.
Overall numbers for the Peace Region were at 66,504 in 2016 and 66,266 in 2015.
This stands in stark contrast to the rest of Northern B.C. Prince George lost the most people out of any city in the province between 2015 and 2016: a decline of 1,011 people, or -1.4 per cent. Since 2013, B.C.’s Northern Capital has lost nearly 3,000 residents. Overall, the population of Northern BC has declined by nearly 6,100 since its five-year peak in 2013.
When it comes to a provincial level, BC Stats says that population was at an estimated 4,751,612 as of July 1, 2016. The population grew by 1.2% between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. This is an increase of approximately 59,000 people.
The full numbers from 2011-2016 are below for the Peace River Region including percentage increases and estimated numbers per year.