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British Columbia Population 2024

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the American state of Alaska, to the north by Yukon and the Northwest Territories, to the east by the province of Alberta, and to the south by the American states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana.  British Columbia is Canada’s third most populous province and its Fifth-largest province by area. As per the Canada Census Bureau, the population of British Columbia in 2021 is 5,000,879 (5 million or 50 lakh) 

Population of British Columbia in 2024 is 5,581,127or 5.6 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Demography 2016-2021

British Columbia has a population growth rate of 7.6% during 2016-2021. It has had a population increase of 352,824 since 2016.

British ColumbiaCensus 2021
Total Population5,000,879 ( 5 milion)
Percentage Change since 20167.6%
Population Rank3rd
Total Land Area920,687 km2 (357,216 sq mi)
Area Rank5th
Population Density5.4/sq. km (13/sq mi)
Capital CityVictoria
Largest City Vancouver

Source: Statistics Canada

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British Columbia Historical Population

From 1851 to 2021, British Columbia experienced substantial demographic changes, characterized by periods of both steady and rapid population growth. In 1851, the population stood at 55,000, and by 2021, it had reached 5.2 million, reflecting an increase of 5 million people. Examining the percentage changes across decades, it is evident that British Columbia’s population saw significant fluctuations, with notable spikes in growth during the early 20th century and again in recent years. The most recent data shows a population growth rate of 7.6% from 2016 to 2021. These demographic trends, meticulously documented by Statistics Canada, provide insights into the historical and evolving population dynamics of British Columbia over the past 170 years.

Census YearPopulationAbsolute ChangePercentage Change %
185155,000
186151,524-3,476-6.32
187136,247-15,277-29.65
188149,45913,21236.45
189198,17348,71498.49
1901178,65780,48481.98
1911392,480213,823119.68
1921524,582132,10233.66
1931694,263169,68132.35
1941817,861123,59817.80
19511,165,210347,34942.47
19561,398,464233,25420.02
19611,629,082230,61816.49
19661,873,674244,59215.01
19712,184,620310,94616.60
19762,466,610281,99012.91
19812,744,467277,85711.26
19862,883,370138,9035.06
19913,282,061398,69113.83
19963,724,500442,43913.48
20013,907,738183,2384.92
20064,113,487205,7495.27
20114,400,057286,5706.97
20164,648,055247,9985.64
20215,000,879352,8247.6
Source: Statistics Canada

Population by Ethnicity

The ethnic origin most often reported in British Columbia was English, followed by Canadian, Scottish, Irish, German, Chinese, French, and Indian. In 2021, more than 1.7 million were identified as members of the visible minority population.  Chinese were the single largest visible minority group, accounting for 11.20% of British Columbia’s total population. South Asians were second (10%), followed by  Filipino, Korean and Japanese.

Top cities in British Columbia by population

#CityPopulation (2021)
1Vancouver650,380
2Surrey562,565
3Burnaby245,725
4Richmond208,395
5Abbotsford150,800
6Coquitlam147,465
7Kelowna141,755
8Delta102,238
9Nanaimo97,020
10Kamloops94,560

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British Columbia Population 2024 | Trends from History to 2024