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North Shore population growth lagging Metro Vancouver's

The population of the North Shore grew by 1,450 people over the last year, a growth rate of 0.7 per cent.
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The population of the North Shore grew by 1,450 people over the last year, a growth rate of 0.7 per cent.

BC Stats has released their annual population estimates showing the City of North Vancouver had the highest year-over-year growth on the North Shore at 1.3 per cent. As of July 1, 2018, the city’s population was an estimated 56,741, according to the province, up 755 from the year before.

The District of North Vancouver had the slowest year-over-year growth in all of Metro Vancouver at 0.5 per cent, up by 468 people for a total of 90,814.

The District of West Vancouver’s population grew by 0.6 per cent since 2017 – 247 more people. West Vancouver’s population is now estimated at 44,886.

The average growth rate for municipalities within Metro Vancouver was 1.5 per cent.

The fastest growing areas in the region were the City of Surrey (2.7 per cent), the unincorporated areas, which is mainly the University of British Columbia (2.4 per cent), and Bowen Island (2.2 per cent).

The total population of B.C. was estimated at 4,991,687 in 2018, up 1.4 per cent from 2017.

Each year, number crunchers at BC Stats take the most recent available census data and plug data from MSP registrations and BC Hydro hookups into a regression analysis that produces up-to-date population estimates as of the previous July. The analysis does not factor in the birth rate, death rate or migration, all of which sway population numbers.

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