Peace Region populations sees small gains in 2018

The population in the B.C. Peace grew by 190 people in 2018, according to year-end estimates from BC Stats.

The region's population was estimated at 65,901, up 0.3% from 65,711 in 2017.

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All municipalities in the region saw marginal population gains. The population dropped slightly in rural, unincorporated areas.

The agency takes into account federal census numbers and other indicators including BC Hydro connections and new health care registrations to determine its estimates.

Here's a look at the estimates for 2018:

Chetwynd - 2,685, up 2.2% from 2,627

Dawson Creek - 12,775, up 0.4% from 12,729

Fort St. John - 21,516, up 0.6% from 21,381

Hudson's Hope - 1,071, up 1% from 1,060

Pouce Coupe - 835, up 0.1% from 834

Taylor - 1,539, up 0.2% from 1,536

Tumbler Ridge - 2,169, up 1.8% from 2,130

Unincorporated areas - 23,311, down 0.4% from 23,414

Elsewhere in the Northeast, the Northern Rockies saw its population decline by 37 people to 5,524 year-over-year.

The Northern Rockies municipality saw a population loss of 45 people, while the number of people living in the unincorporated areas grew by eight.

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