Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is in southern British Columbia, adjacent to the U.S. state of Washington. It is bounded by Fraser Valley Regional District to the west, Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Regional District of Central Okanagan to the north, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to the east, and by Okanogan County, Washington to the south. At the 2011 census the population was 80,742. The district covers a land area of 10,413.44 square kilometres (4,020.65 sq mi). The administrative offices are in the City of Penticton.[1]

Population history[edit]

  • 2011: 80,742 (+1.6%)
  • 2006: 79,475 (+3.7%)
  • 2001: 76,635 (+0.9%)
  • 1996: 75,933


RDOS comprises six municipalities and eight rural electoral areas designated Electoral areas A - H. The municipalities of RDOS are Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver, Princeton, and Keremeos.

Municipality Type Population
Penticton City 32,877
Summerland District municipality 11,280
Osoyoos Town 4,845
Oliver Town 4,824
Princeton Town 2,724
Keremeos Village 1,330


According to the 2011 Census, 84.43% of Okanagan-Similkameen's population have English as mother tongue; German is the mother tongue of 2.99% of the population, followed by Punjabi (2.86%), French (1.90%), Portuguese (1.06%), Dutch (0.80%), Ukrainian (0.42%), Hungarian (0.41%), Spanish (0.41%), and Italian (0.39%).[2]

Mother tongue Population Percentage
English 67,360 84.43%
German 2,385 2.99%
Punjabi 2,280 2.86%
French 1,515 1.90%
Portuguese 845 1.06%
Dutch 640 0.80%
Ukrainian 335 0.42%
Hungarian 330 0.41%
Spanish 330 0.41%
Italian 310 0.39%

Electoral areas[edit]

Okanagan-Similkameen A
Rural areas surrounding Osoyoos, including Anarchist Mountain to the east between Rock Creek and Osoyoos.
Population: 1,892
Okanagan-Similkameen B
The valley of the Similkameen River from Cawston downstream to Chopaka, at the US border.
Population: 1,140
Okanagan-Similkameen C
Rural areas surrounding Oliver.
Population: 3,473
Okanagan-Similkameen D
Rural areas and unincorporated communities south of Penticton, including Kaleden and Okanagan Falls.
Population: 5,717
Okanagan-Similkameen E
Rural areas and unincorporated settlements to the northeast of Penticton including Naramata.
Population: 1,844
Okanagan-Similkameen F
Rural areas west of Summerland and northwest of Penticton.
Population: 2,100
Okanagan-Similkameen G
Rural areas of the middle Similkameen Valley surrounding Keremeos, including Hedley.
Population: 2,314
Okanagan-Similkameen H
Rural areas and unincorporated communities in the upper Similkameen Valley, including Tulameen and Coalmont.
Population: 1,768


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Coordinates: 49°25′00″N 120°00′00″W / 49.41667°N 120.00000°W / 49.41667; -120.00000