List of population centres in British Columbia

A population centre, in Canadian census data, is a populated place, or a cluster of interrelated populated places, which meets the demographic characteristics of an urban area, having a population of at least 1,000 people and a population density of no fewer than 400 persons per square km2.[1]

The term was first introduced in the Canada 2011 Census; prior to that, Statistics Canada used the term urban area.[1]

In the 2016 census, Statistics Canada listed 107 population centres in the province of British Columbia.[2]

Rank Population centre[2] Size group[2] Population (2016)[2] Population (2011)[2] % Change[2]
1 Vancouver Large urban 2,264,823 2,124,443 +6.6%
2 Victoria Large urban 335,696 314,596 +6.7%
3 Kelowna Large urban 151,957 140,131 +8.4%
4 Abbotsford Large urban 121,279 115,011 +5.4%
5 White Rock Medium 93,729 85,062 +7.8%
6 Nanaimo Medium 92,004 85,357 +10.2%
7 Kamloops Medium 78,026 72,755 +7.2%
8 Chilliwack Medium 73,161 67,374 +8.6%
9 Prince George Medium 65,510 62,623 +4.6%
10 Vernon Medium 48,073 46,125 +4.2%
11 Courtenay Medium 45,018 43,346 +3.9%
12 Campbell River Medium 35,138 33,448 +5.1%
13 Penticton Medium 33,617 32,823 +2.4%
14 Mission Medium 33,261 31,109 +6.9%
15 Parksville Small 23,574 22,493 +4.8%
16 Duncan Small 23,278 22,179 +3.3%
17 Ladner Small 22,193 22,539 +0.1%
18 Tsawwassen Small 21,588 21,439 +0.7%
19 Port Alberni Small 20,712 20,823 -0.5%
20 Fort St. John Small 19,897 18,572 +7.1%
21 Cranbrook Small 19,259 18,761 +2.7%
22 Squamish Small 17,587 15,554 +13.1%
23 Terrace Small 13,663 13,395 +2.0%
24 Salmon Arm Small 12,875 12,218 +5.4%
25 Trail-Fruitvale Small 12,643 12,427 +1.7%
26 Powell River Small 12,384 12,374 +0.1%
27 Quesnel Small 12,064 12,216 -1.2%
28 Aldergrove Small 12,007 12,083 -0.6%
29 Prince Rupert Small 11,733 11,985 -2.1%
30 Dawson Creek Small 11,574 10,987 +5.3%
31 Nelson Small 10,664 10,347 +3.1%
32 Ladysmith Small 10,637 9,904 +7.4%
33 Williams Lake Small 10,508 10,902 -3.6%
34 Sooke Small 9,269 8,238 +12.5%
35 Gibsons Small 9,132 8,767 +4.2%
36 Castlegar Small 9,023 8,815 +2.4%
37 Sechelt Small 8,832 8,060 +9.6%
38 Summerland Small 8,742 8,456 +3.4%
39 Whistler Small 8,713 7,176 +21.4%
40 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Small 7,021 6,543 +7.3%
41 Duck Lake Small 6,982 6,764 +3.2%
42 Revelstoke Small 6,719 6,298 +6.7%
43 Kitimat Small 6,394 6,633 -3.6%
44 Smithers Small 5,351 5,400 -0.9%
45 Merritt Small 5,321 5,447 -2.3%
46 Oliver Small 5,279 5,037 +4.8%
47 Creston Small 5,226 5,159 +1.3%
48 Armstrong Small 5,114 4,830 +5.9%
49 Fernie Small 4,850 4,156 +16.7%
50 Peachland Small 4,698 4,527 +3.8%
51 Osoyoos Small 4,520 4,210 +7.4%
52 Kimberley Small 4,513 4,178 +8.0%
53 Dallas Small 4,479 4,445 +0.8%
54 Hope Small 4,067 3,911 +4.0%
55 Grand Forks Small 3,953 3,892 +1.6%
56 Kent Small 3,802 3,399 +11.9%
57 Port Hardy Small 3,643 3,552 +2.6%
58 Cumberland Small 3,600 3,271 +10.1%
59 Cobble Hill Small 3,580 3,337 +7.3%
60 Aldergrove East Small 3,491 2,383 +46.5%
61 Sparwood Small 3,490 3,511 -0.6%
62 Fort Nelson Small 3,366 3,561 -5.5%
63 Mackenzie Small 3,262 3,087 +5.7%
64 Golden Small 3,240 3,262 -0.7%
65 Rossland Small 3,219 3,134 +2.7%
66 Chemainus Small 3,021 2,914 +3.7%
67 Lake Cowichan Small 3,013 2,848 +5.8%
68 Enderby Small 2,964 2,932 +1.1%
69 Invermere Small 2,882 2,537 +13.6%
70 Princeton Small 2,745 2,579 +6.4%
71 Cowichan Bay Small 2,394 2,108 +13.6%
72 Chase Small 2,263 2,463 -8.1%
73 Okanagan Falls Small 2,167 2,080 +4.2%
74 Houston Small 2,126 2,120 +0.3%
75 Port McNeill Small 2,064 2,186 -5.6%
76 Tumbler Ridge Small 1,982 2,700 -26.6%
77 Vanderhoof Small 1,979 1,980 -0.1%
78 Blind Bay Small 1,976 1,915 +3.2%
79 Pemberton Small 1,957 1,738 +12.6%
80 Rayleigh Small 1,951 2,014 -3.1%
81 Burns Lake Small 1,932 1,771 -13.1%
82 Roberts Creek Small 1,848 2,222 +4.3%
83 One Hundred Mile House Small 1,811 1,721 +5.2%
84 Sicamous Small 1,786 1,843 -3.1%
85 Elkford Small 1,752 1,791 -2.2%
86 Rosedale Small 1,741 1,744 -0.2%
87 Keremeos Small 1,714 1,479 +15.9%
88 Cedar Small 1,674 1,595 +5.0%
89 Ucluelet Small 1,576 1,525 +3.3%
90 Lillooet Small 1,560 1,545 +1.0%
91 Fort St. James Small 1,510 1,393 +8.4%
92 Puntledge Small 1,387 1,358 +2.1%
93 Crofton Small 1,373 1,322 +3.9%
94 Lions Bay Small 1,334 1,318 +1.2%
95 Lumby Small 1,303 1,248 +2.0%
96 Harrison Hot Springs Small 1,242 1,248 -0.5%
97 Logan Lake Small 1,208 1,245 -3.0%
98 Telkwa Small 1,160 1,163 -0.3%
99 Fairwinds Small 1,147 1,060 +8.2%
100 Salmo Small 1,141 1,139 +0.2%
101 Nakusp Small 1,130 1,094 +3.3%
102 Welcome Beach Small 1,125 1,155 -2.6%
103 Miller's Landing Small 1,097 1,113 -1.4%
104 Ashcroft Small 1,084 1,151 -5.8%
105 Canoe Small 1,081 1,149 -5.9%
106 Cultus Lake Small 1,053 1,071 -1.7%
107 Naramata Small 1,003 915 +9.6%

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "From urban areas to population centres" Archived 2012-12-13 at the Wayback Machine. Statistics Canada, May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (British Columbia)". Statistics Canada. February 20, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2020.