February 11, 2015 - 7:24 PM
KELOWNA – For the third year in a row Kelowna has grown faster than any other city in the province, according to Statistics Canada.
Based on population estimates from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, Kelowna, with a growth rate of 1.8 per cent, was one of only six cities that outpaced the national average of 1.4 per cent.
It was the only B.C. city to make the top five fastest growing cities.
Alberta and Saskatchewan reported the biggest population expansions in the country (3.6 per cent) with Calgary and Edmonton taking the top two spots.
The numbers are based only on metropolitan areas, which hold almost 70 per cent of the entire country's population. Non-metropolitan areas in Canada grew only 0.4 per cent over the same time.
In Canada 35 per cent of the population live in Canada’s three largest cities – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Saint John was the only metropolitan city in Canada to see negative growth with a rate of -0.5 per cent.
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