Population growth in Fort St. John and surrounding areas outpaced the national average over the last five years, according to Statistic Canada's first batch of 2016 census data released today.
The city, along with Taylor and Hudson's Hope, saw the largest population gains in the North Peace between 2011 and 2016.
The City of Fort St. John led the region's population growth between 2011 and 2016, seeing its population count rise to 20,155, up from 18,609, an increase of 8.3 per cent.
Looking at the Fort St. John census agglomeration--which includes Charlie Lake, Grandhaven, Baldonnel, and Taylor--the area's population rose from 26,380 people to 28,396, a jump of 7.6 per cent.
Canada's population, by comparison, jumped five per cent, according to the data, rising to 35,151,728 in 2016, up from 33.4 million in 2011.
The District of Taylor itself saw its population rise from 1,373 to 1,469 over the last five years, an increase of seven per cent.
Hudson's Hope's population rose 4.6 per cent between census periods, rising from 970 to 1,015, according to Statistics Canada.
The Peace River Regional District as a whole saw a 4.8 per cent population increase over the last five year, rising from 60,082 to 62,942.
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, meanwhile, saw its population drop from 5,290 to 4,831, a decline of 8.7 per cent.
Population counts in area First Nations remained fairly static.
Doig River saw a loss of two people over the last five years, dropping from 120 people in 2011 to 118 in 2016.
Halfway River saw a gain of two people, rising to a population 172 over the last five years.
Fort Nelson First Nation saw its population drop slightly from 457 to 451, while Prophet River saw its population drop from 129 people in 2011 to 106 people last year.
Blueberry River saw its population dip from 210 to 197.
British Columbia also outpaced the national average with a 5.6 per cent population increase, rising to 4,648,055 in 2016 from 4,400,057 in 2011.
Census data was collected in May 2016, with Statistics Canada reporting a 98.4 per cent completion the rate, the highest on record.
The data released Wednesday highlights population and dwelling counts.
The agency will be releasing six other batches of census data this year. Its next release, scheduled for May, will focus on the country's age and sex.