Alberni grows by one per cent – Census 2011

Port Alberni’s population grew from 30,664 in 2006 to 31,061 — a one-per-cent increase — in 2011.Growth was seven per cent nationally.

Port Alberni has grown by one per cent in the last five years, the 2011 Census noted.

Statistics Canada released its findings on Wednesday from the census that was carried out in 2011.

Greater Port Alberni’s population grew from 30,664 in 2006 to 31,061—a one-per-cent increase— in 2011. This is in contrast to the seven per cent growth nationally.

The census also notes that the number of private dwellings in the Valley grew from 13,389 in 2006 to 15,305 in 2011.

According to the census, in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, Area A– Bamfield showed the greatest population decline at 36 per cent, followed by Sproat Lake at 16 per cent. Area C–Long Beach showed the strongest growth at eight per cent.

Provincially, B.C’s population grew by seven per cent between 2006 and 2011, compared to the 5.3-per-cent increase between 2001 and 2006.

Vancouver Island’s population increased by four per cent in 2011, growing from 727,422 in 2006 to 759,366 in 2011.

The Comox Valley population has grown 6.8 per cent, which is almost on par with the province’s growth.

Victoria’s Langford district showed the strongest population increase in B.C. at 30.1 per cent.

Nationally, Canada has 33.5 million. B.C.’s population is 4.4 million.

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