List of cities in British Columbia
A city is a classification of municipalities used in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor in Council may incorporate a community as a city by letters patent, under the recommendation of the Minister of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development, if its population is greater than 5,000 and the outcome of a vote involving affected residents was that greater than 50% voted in favour of the proposed incorporation.
British Columbia has 51 cities that had a cumulative population of 3,033,046 and an average population of 59,471 in the 2011 Census. British Columbia's largest and smallest cities are Vancouver and Greenwood with populations of 603,502 and 708 respectively.
The first community to incorporate as a city was New Westminster on July 16, 1860, while the most recent community to incorporate as a city was West Kelowna, which was redsignated from a district municipality to a city on June 26, 2015.
|Abbotsford[a]||Abbotsford, City of||Fraser Valley||December 12, 1995||133,497||124,258||7.4||375.55||355.5|
|Armstrong||Armstrong, City of||North Okanagan||March 31, 1913||4,815||4,241||13.5||5.19||928.0|
|Burnaby||Burnaby, City of||Greater Vancouver||September 22, 1892||223,218||202,799||10.1||90.61||2,463.5|
|Campbell River||Campbell River, City of||Strathcona||June 24, 1947||31,186||29,572||5.5||143.12||217.9|
|Castlegar||Castlegar, City of||Central Kootenay||January 1, 1974||7,816||7,259||7.7||19.58||399.3|
|Chilliwack||Chilliwack, City of||Fraser Valley||April 26, 1873||77,936||69,217||12.6||261.50||298.0|
|Colwood||Colwood, City of||Capital||June 24, 1985||16,093||14,687||9.6||17.66||911.2|
|Coquitlam||Coquitlam, City of||Greater Vancouver||July 25, 1891||126,840||114,565||10.7||122.30||1,037.1|
|Courtenay||Courtenay, The Corporation of the City of||Comox Valley||January 1, 1915||24,099||22,021||9.4||29.38||820.2|
|Cranbrook||Cranbrook, The Corporation of the City of||East Kootenay||November 1, 1905||19,319||18,329||5.4||31.95||604.7|
|Dawson Creek||Dawson Creek, The Corporation of the City of||Peace River||May 26, 1936||11,583||10,994||5.4||24.37||475.4|
|Duncan[b]||Duncan, The Corporation of the City of||Cowichan Valley||March 4, 1912||4,932||4,986||−1.1||2.07||2,381.7|
|Enderby||Enderby, The Corporation of the City of||North Okanagan||March 1, 1905||2,932||2,828||3.7||4.26||687.7|
|Fernie||Fernie, The Corporation of the City of||East Kootenay||July 28, 1904||4,448||4,217||5.5||14.83||299.8|
|Fort St. John||Fort St. John, City of||Peace River||December 31, 1947||18,609||17,402||6.9||22.69||820.2|
|Grand Forks||Grand Forks, The Corporation of the City of||Kootenay Boundary||April 15, 1897||3,985||4,036||−1.3||10.43||382.0|
|Greenwood[c]||Greenwood, The Corporation of the City of||Kootenay Boundary||July 12, 1897||708||625||13.3||2.42||292.7|
|Kamloops||Kamloops, City of||Thompson-Nicola||October 17, 1967||85,678||80,376||6.6||299.23||286.3|
|Kelowna[d]||Kelowna, City of||Central Okanagan||May 4, 1905||117,312||107,035||9.6||211.82||553.8|
|Kimberley||Kimberley, City of||East Kootenay||March 29, 1944||6,652||6,139||8.4||60.62||109.7|
|Langford||Langford, City of||Capital||December 8, 1992||29,228||22,459||30.1||39.94||731.9|
|Langley||Langley, City of||Greater Vancouver||March 15, 1955||25,081||23,606||6.2||10.22||2,454.6|
|Maple Ridge||Maple Ridge, City of||Greater Vancouver||September 12, 2014||76,052||68,949||10.3||266.78||285.1|
|Merritt||Merritt, City of||Thompson-Nicola||April 1, 1911||7,113||6,998||1.6||24.82||286.6|
|Nanaimo||Nanaimo, City of||Nanaimo||December 24, 1874||83,810||78,692||6.5||91.30||918.0|
|Nelson||Nelson, The Corporation of the City of||Central Kootenay||March 18, 1897||10,230||9,258||10.5||11.93||857.7|
|New Westminster[e]||New Westminster, The Corporation of the City of||Greater Vancouver||July 16, 1860||65,976||58,549||12.7||15.63||4,222.2|
|North Vancouver||North Vancouver, The Corporation of the City of||Greater Vancouver||August 10, 1891||48,196||45,165||6.7||11.83||4,073.8|
|Parksville||Parksville, City of||Nanaimo||June 19, 1945||11,977||10,993||9.0||14.44||829.6|
|Penticton||Penticton, The Corporation of the City of||Okanagan-Similkameen||January 1, 1909||32,877||31,909||3.0||42.10||780.9|
|Pitt Meadows||Pitt Meadows, City of||Greater Vancouver||April 25, 1914||17,736||15,623||13.5||86.51||205.0|
|Port Alberni||Port Alberni, City of||Alberni-Clayoquot||October 28, 1967||17,743||17,548||1.1||19.76||897.9|
|Port Coquitlam||Port Coquitlam, The Corporation of the City of||Greater Vancouver||March 7, 1913||55,958||52,687||6.2||29.17||1,918.3|
|Port Moody||Port Moody, City of||Greater Vancouver||March 11, 1913||32,975||27,512||19.9||25.89||1,273.8|
|Powell River||Powell River, The Corporation of the City of||Powell River||October 15, 1955||13,165||12,957||1.6||28.91||455.3|
|Prince George||Prince George, City of||Fraser-Fort George||March 6, 1915||71,974||70,981||1.4||318.26||226.1|
|Prince Rupert||Prince Rupert, City of||Skeena-Queen Charlotte||March 10, 1910||12,508||12,815||−2.4||54.93||227.7|
|Quesnel||Quesnel, City of||Cariboo||March 21, 1928||10,007||9,326||7.3||35.38||282.8|
|Revelstoke||Revelstoke, City of||Columbia Shuswap||March 1, 1899||7,139||7,230||−1.3||40.76||175.1|
|Richmond||Richmond, City of||Greater Vancouver||November 10, 1879||190,473||174,461||9.2||129.27||1,473.5|
|Rossland||Rossland, The Corporation of the City of||Kootenay Boundary||March 18, 1897||3,556||3,278||8.5||59.79||59.5|
|Salmon Arm||Salmon Arm, City of||Columbia Shuswap||May 15, 1905||17,464||16,012||9.1||155.28||112.5|
|Surrey||Surrey, City of||Greater Vancouver||November 10, 1879||468,251||394,976||18.6||316.41||1,479.9|
|Terrace||Terrace, City of||Kitimat-Stikine||December 31, 1927||11,486||11,320||1.5||57.36||200.3|
|Trail||Trail, City of||Kootenay Boundary||June 14, 1901||7,681||7,237||6.1||34.93||219.9|
|Vancouver[f]||Vancouver, City of||Greater Vancouver||April 6, 1886||603,502||578,041||4.4||114.97||5,249.1|
|Vernon||Vernon, The Corporation of the City of||North Okanagan||December 30, 1892||38,150||35,979||6.0||95.76||398.4|
|Victoria[g]||Victoria, The Corporation of the City of||Capital||August 2, 1862||80,017||78,057||2.5||19.47||4,109.4|
|West Kelowna||West Kelowna, City of||Central Okanagan||June 26, 2015||30,892||27,214||13.5||123.51||250.1|
|White Rock||White Rock, The Corporation of the City of||Greater Vancouver||April 15, 1957||19,339||18,755||3.1||5.13||3,773.5|
|Williams Lake||Williams Lake, City of||Cariboo||March 15, 1929||10,832||10,744||0.8||33.13||327.0|
- Abbotsford is British Columbia's largest city by area. It also forms part of the Abbotsford - Mission census metropolitan area (CMA).
- Duncan is British Columbia's smallest city by area.
- Greenwood is British Columbia's and Canada's smallest city by population.
- The Kelowna CMA is formed around the City of Kelowna.
- New Westminster was British Columbia's first city, incorporated July 16, 1860.
- Vancouver is Canada's eighth-largest city and British Columbia's largest city by population. The Vancouver CMA includes the cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and White Rock.
- Victoria is British Columbia's capital. The Victoria CMA includes the cities of Colwood, Langford and Victoria.
City status eligibility
As of the 2011 Census, seven towns – Comox, Creston, Ladysmith, Qualicum Beach, Sidney, Smithers and View Royal – meet the requirement of having populations greater than 5,000 to incorporate as a city. Also, 19 district municipalities meet the minimum population requirements to incorporate as a city.
- List of communities in British Columbia
- List of municipalities in British Columbia
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