Census: Nelson’s population up 3.3%

The first census data in five years shows several small population changes throughout the region.

Nelson's population has gone up marginally since 2011.

Nelson's population has gone up marginally since 2011.

Nelson’s population hasn’t changed much in five years, according to the latest census data.

Statistics Canada released the initial batch of 2016 census data Wednesday, the first of its kind since the previous census in 2011.

The data shows the City of Nelson’s population grew 3.3 per cent from 10,230 to 10,572. That’s below the provincial average of 5.6 per cent.

The biggest local change thus far is a 4.2 per cent bump in private dwellings to 4,822. Stats Canada defines a private dwelling as a place “in which a person or group of persons is permanently residing.”

Salmo’s population inched up from 1,139 to 1,141, while Kaslo’s dropped 6.1 per cent from 1,031 to 968.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay had a 1.8 per cent increase to 59,517. Nelson’s neighbouring districts, Area E and F, each had minor drops in population. Area E went down 0.2 per cent to 3,772, while Area F dropped 0.3 per cent to 3,963.

Other noteable stats include: Canada’s population is now north of 35 million, which is an increase of 5 per cent. British Columbia’s population grew by 5.6 per cent to 4.6 million people.

That makes B.C. the third most populus province behind Ontario (13.4 million) and Quebec (eight million).

Stats Canada plans to release six more data dumps throughout the year. The next, on May 3, focuses on age and sex as well as type of dwelling.