The province’s statistics agency estimates Nelson’s population stood at 10,802 in 2015, up 333 people from 2014.
According to BC Stats, the city’s headcount grew in each of the last three years after declining slightly in 2012.
The 2011 census showed Nelson with a population of 10,230. The next national census will be conducted this year.
Nelson’s growth last year of 3.2 per cent was compared to 1.8 per cent in Castlegar, where the population is now believed to sit at 7,953, and 0.3 per cent in Trail, where the population is now pegged at 7,448.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay, including Nelson, saw an overall increase of 0.8 per cent, cracking the 60,000 mark for the first time.
Kaslo’s population dipped slightly to 998 from 1,009 while New Denver grew to 523 from 499. Creston saw the biggest loss, with a 5.4 per cent decrease, down to 4,744.
Three other municipalities were virtually unchanged from last year: Slocan at 300, Silverton at 197, and Salmo at 1,181.