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Peace Region sees increase in population numbers for 2016

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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.

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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.

Photo: BC Stats

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.

Photo: BC Stats

The full numbers from 2011-2016 are below for the Peace River Region including percentage increases and estimated numbers per year.

Photo: BC Stats

 

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