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List of population centres in British Columbia

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Population centre, in Canadian census data, is a populated place, or a cluster of interrelated populated places, which meets the demographic characteristics of an urban area, having a population of at least 1,000 people and a population density of no fewer than 400 persons per square km2.[1]

The term was first introduced in the Canada 2011 Census; prior to that, Statistics Canada used the term urban area.[1]

In the 2011 census, Statistics Canada listed 100 population centres in the province of British Columbia.[2]

Characteristics

A population centre does not necessarily correspond to the boundaries of a municipality, a census division or a metropolitan area, but solely to a band of census dissemination blocks that meets the statistical definition of an urban area. A less densely populated or unpopulated area within a city's municipal boundaries may not be included as part of its urban area, while neighbouring municipalities whose urban development is directly contiguous with the main city's urban core population will be included.

For example, the cities of Surrey and White Rock are part of Metro Vancouver; however, the population centre of Vancouver includes only the urbanized northern part of Surrey. As a band of more sparsely populated rural area separates White Rock and the adjacent South Surrey neighbourhood from northern Surrey, these communities form the distinct population centre of White Rock and are not part of Vancouver's statistical urban area.[3] Similarly, the district municipality of Delta is also part of Metro Vancouver, while the population centre of Vancouver does not include any part of Delta, and instead the neighbourhoods of Ladner and Tsawwassen each constitute their own separate small population centres.

List

Rank Population centre Size group Population in 2016 
1 Vancouver Large urban 2,264,823
2 Victoria Large urban 335,696
3 Kelowna Large urban 151,957
4 Abbotsford Large urban 121,279
5 White Rock Medium 93,729
6 Nanaimo Medium 92,004
7 Kamloops Medium 78,026
8 Chilliwack Medium 73,161
9 Prince George Medium 65,510
10 Vernon Medium 48,073
11 Courtenay Medium 45,018
12 Campbell River Medium 35,138
13 Penticton Medium 33,617
14 Mission Medium 33,261
15 Parksville Small 23,574
16 Duncan Small 23,278
17 Ladner Small 22,193
18 Tsawwassen Small 21,588
19 Port Alberni Small 20,712
20 Fort St. John Small 19,897
21 Cranbrook Small 19,259
22 Squamish Small 17,587
23 Terrace Small 13,663
24 Salmon Arm Small 12,875
25 Trail-Fruitvale Small 12,643
26 Powell River Small 12,384
27 Quesnel Small 12,064
28 Aldergrove Small 12,007
29 Prince Rupert Small 11,733
30 Dawson Creek Small 11,574
31 Nelson Small 10,664
32 Ladysmith Small 10,637
33 Williams Lake Small 10,508
34 Sooke Small 9,269
35 Gibsons Small 9,132
36 Castlegar Small 9,023
37 Sechelt Small 8,832
38 Summerland Small 8,742
39 Whistler Small 8,713
40 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Small 7,021
41 Duck Lake Small 6,982
42 Revelstoke Small 6,719
43 Kitimat Small 6,394
44 Smithers Small 5,351
45 Merritt Small 5,321
46 Oliver Small 5,279
47 Creston Small 5,226
48 Armstrong Small 5,114
49 Fernie Small 4,850
50 Peachland Small 4,698
51 Osoyoos Small 4,520
52 Kimberley Small 4,513
53 Dallas Small 4,479
54 Hope Small 4,067
55 Grand Forks Small 3,953
56 Kent Small 3,802
57 Port Hardy Small 3,643
58 Cumberland Small 3,600
59 Cobble Hill Small 3,580
60 Aldergrove East Small 3,491
61 Sparwood Small 3,490
62 Fort Nelson Small 3,366
63 Mackenzie Small 3,262
64 Golden Small 3,240
65 Rossland Small 3,219
66 Chemainus Small 3,021
67 Lake Cowichan Small 3,013
68 Enderby Small 2,964
69 Invermere Small 2,882
70 Princeton Small 2,745
71 Cowichan Bay Small 2,394
72 Chase Small 2,263
73 Okanagan Falls Small 2,167
74 Houston Small 2,126
75 Port McNeill Small 2,064
76 Tumbler Ridge Small 1,982
77 Vanderhoof Small 1,979
78 Blind Bay Small 1,976
79 Pemberton Small 1,957
80 Rayleigh Small 1,951
81 Burns Lake Small 1,932
82 Roberts Creek Small 1,848
83 One Hundred Mile House Small 1,811
84 Sicamous Small 1,786
85 Elkford Small 1,752
86 Rosedale Small 1,741
87 Keremeos Small 1,714
88 Cedar Small 1,674
89 Ucluelet Small 1,576
90 Lillooet Small 1,560
91 Fort St. James Small 1,510
92 Puntledge Small 1,387
93 Crofton Small 1,373
94 Lions Bay Small 1,334
95 Lumby Small 1,303
96 Harrison Hot Springs Small 1,242
97 Logan Lake Small 1,208
98 Telkwa Small 1,160
99 Fairwinds Small 1,147
100 Salmo Small 1,141
101 Nakusp Small 1,130
102 Welcome Beach Small 1,125
103 Miller's Landing Small 1,097
104 Ashcroft Small 1,084
105 Canoe Small 1,081
106 Cultus Lake Small 1,053
107 Naramata Small 1,003

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