2016 census shows Vernon officially has more than 40,000 people


VERNON - The city grew by just more than 5 per cent, slightly above the national average, in the past five years as more than 40,000 people now call the City of Vernon home.

There are 40,116 citizens of Vernon, while the agglomeration area which includes Silver Star, Coldstream and neighbouring areas is up to 61,334, according to Statistics Canada 2016 census. The city’s growth rate was 5.1 per cent since 2011 which was just above the nation’s rate of 5 per cent, but below the provincial average of 5.6 per cent.

For the census agglomeration area, growth was below the national and provincial averages at 4.7 per cent.

The census shows higher growth in cities and to the west, according to an agency press release, as Ontario and Quebec were below the national rate and Atlantic Canada had significantly slower than average growth. New Brunswick actually shrank by half a per cent since 2011. Meanwhile Alberta was the fastest growing province at 11.6 per cent and one third of the population lives in the prairies or B.C.

Much of the growth was due to immigration from other countries, accounting for two-thirds. Canada is the fastest growing of the G7 countries, the seven most advanced economies according to the International Monetary Fund.

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