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New census numbers show Kamloops has cracked 90,000 residents

February 08, 2017 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The city grew by more than 5 per cent, above the national average, in the past five years as more than 90,000 people now call the City of Kamloops home.

There are 90,280 citizens of Kamloops, while the agglomeration area which includes Tk’emlups te Secwepmec land and neighbouring municipalities like Logan Lake and Chase, is up to 103,811, according to Statistics Canada 2016 census. The city’s growth rate was 5.4 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.

That rate of growth is about average for the city in recent censuses; it grew 4 per cent between 2001 and 2006 and then 6.6 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

For the census agglomeration area, growth was a little slower in the last five years, at 5.1 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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