Census Shows Growth

Data from the 2016 census shows British Columbia's population growth rate slowed over the past five years to 5.6 per cent -- down from seven per cent in the previous census period.
    
B-C remained above the national growth rate of five per cent but was far behind Alberta's rate of 11.6 per cent -- and also lower than Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Vernon finally hit the big 4 - oh.  The city's population grew by 5.1% to  40,116. The North Okanagan is up 3.8% to 84,354 residents. 

Here is a breakdown of census population information for communities in the region:

Community                  2016     2011  % change Metropolitan 
Kelowna             194,882  179,839       8.4
City of Kelowna  127,380  117,312       8.6 
Vernon                   40,116   38,180       5.1 
Penticton               33,761   32,877       2.7 
Penticton 1              1,783    1,667        7.0 
Lake Country         12,922   11,708      10.4 
Coldstream            10,648   10,314        3.2 
Spallumcheen           5,106    5,040       1.3 
Armstrong                 5,114    4,830       5.9