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Northeast B.C. bucks national trend in latest census data

Canada now has more seniors than children, but Northeast B.C. is bucking that trend with the exception of one community—Hudson’s Hope.
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Canada now has more seniors than children, but Northeast B.C. is bucking that trend with the exception of one community—Hudson’s Hope.

The government has released its latest round of data from the 2016 Census, this time about age, sex, and type of household dwelling of the Canadian population. 

Men outnumber women in nearly all communities in the Peace Region, and most of the population is within the 15 to 64 age range.

Children are considered those aged zero to 14 years old, while seniors are 65 and older.

In Fort St. John, men outnumbered women 10,405 to 9,755 in 2016. The majority of the community—14,425— fits into the 15 to 64 age category, with the 25 to 29 age group having the highest population density with 2,240 people. 

There were 4,270 children in Fort St. John and 1,460 seniors. The average age in Fort St. John was 33.4 years.

The majority of Fort St. John’s residences are single-detached homes, 4,265 of them, while 3,150 are other attached dwellings, which include row houses, duplexes, and apartments in buildings smaller than five storeys. There are 430 mobile dwellings in the community.

Fort St. John’s population saw an 8.3 per cent increase in population, going from 18,609 in 2011 to 20,155 in 2016. 

In Taylor, it’s an almost even split between the male and female population—740 residents are male and 730 are female. The age group with the highest population density is 30 to 34 years. 

There were 365 children in Taylor and 110 seniors in 2016. The average age there was 33.

The majority of Taylor residences were single-detached homes, 550, while 190 were moveable dwellings.

The District of Taylor saw a seven per cent increase in population, going from 1,373 in 2011 to 1,469 in 2016.

In Hudson’s Hope, men outnumber women 520 to 495, and the 50 to 54 age group has the highest population density at 95 residents. 

There were 170 children and 200 seniors in Hudson’s Hope. The average age was older than the rest of the North Peace, sitting at 43 years.

The majority of residences were single-detached homes at 305, with 105 mobile dwellings.

Hudson’s Hope saw a 4.6 per cent increase in population, with 970 residents in 2011 and 1,015 in 2016.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality had slightly more men than women—2,540 to 2,290, with the 55 to 59 age group having the most people. 

The NRRM had 1,010 children and 325 seniors.  The average age there was 35.7 years.

Most homes, 1,140, were single-detached homes, with 380 other attached dwellings and 435 mobile dwellings.

The NRRM saw a significant drop in its population, 8.7 per cent, with the number of residents dropping from 5,290 in 2011 to 4,831 in 2016.

In a 180 from the North Peace, Dawson Creek had more women than 2016. There were 6,200 women and 5,980 men in the community, with most people falling into the 25 to 29 age category. 

There were 2,335 children and 1,555 seniors in Dawson Creek. The average age in the Mile Zero City was 37.2 years.

Most residences in Dawson Creek were single-detached homes, at 3,220, with 1,575 other attached dwellings and 240 mobile dwellings.

Dawson Creek saw a 5.1 per cent increase in population, going from 11,583 to 12,178.

In Tumbler Ridge, men outnumbered women 1,040 to 945, with the majority of residents in the 50 to 54 age group. 

There were 405 children and 270 seniors in Tumbler Ridge. The average age there was 38.8 years.

The majority of Tumbler Ridge residences are single-detached homes—645, with 120 mobile dwellings.

Tumbler Ridge saw the largest drop of all the Peace Region communities, 26.7 per cent, from 2,710 to 1,987.

Chetwynd is almost an even split between men and women—there were 1,280 men and 1,225 women in 2016. The 25 to 29 age group had the most people in it at 245. 

There were 535 children and 210 seniors in the community.  The average age there was 34.9 years.

There are 555 single detached homes in Chetwynd, with 280 other attached dwellings and 165 mobile dwelling.

Chetwynd’s population dropped five per cent from 2011 to 2016, from 2,635 to 2,503.

ahendry@ahnfsj.ca