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Census figures are out: who grew, and by how much?
The 2016 census figures are out, and communities all over Canada can compare their current population figures with the numbers from the 2011 census.
In terms of percentage of growth, Rossland leads the pack of local municipalities; from a 2011 head-count of 3,556, Rossland has grown by 4.9% to a 2016 population of 3,729. -- an increase of 173 people.
Just down the hill, the Village of Warfield shrank by 20 residents in those five years.
The City of Trail grew from 7,681 in 2011 to 7,709 in 2016 -- 28 people: less than half one percent.
Fruitvale's population shrank by 4.5% within its municipal boundaries, but those boundaries may not include some of the residential area we think of as Fruitvale; the municipality covers only 2.7 square kilometers, compared with Trail's area of 34.93 square kilometers. In 2011 Fruitvale had 2011 people, according to the census figures; and in 2016 it had only 1,920 people.
The population of Montrose shrank by 34 people, or 3.3%, within its area of 1.46 square kilometer.
The City of Nelson grew by 3.3%, from 10,230 in 2011 to 10,572 in 2016.
Castlegar grew by almost 3%, from 7,816 in 2011 to 8,039 in 2016.
And Grand Forks grew by 1.6% within its municipal boundaries, which cover 10.43 square kiometers.
All the communities in this area offer wonderful recreational opportunities, active involvement in cultural events, less traffic, lower home prices, competitive property taxes, and a much more peaceful pace of living than large cities. While we don't want our communities to grow so much that we lose the advantages of small-town living, there's still room here for more people. Welcome!