Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Victoria, (CMA) - British Columbia

Data quality

Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Figure 1.1 description Long description for Figure 1.1 Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Provincial population rank
2 of 26
National population rank
15 of 152
  • In 2016, the enumerated population of Victoria census metropolitan area (CMA) was 367,770, which represents a change of 6.7% from 2011. This compares to the provincial average of 5.6% and the national average of 5.0%.
  • The land area of Victoria is 696.15 square kilometres and the population density was 528.3 people per square kilometre.
  • In 2016, there were 162,716 private dwellings occupied in Victoria, which represent a change of 6.1% from 2011.

Figure 1.2 Population in the last 20 years, Victoria

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Population in the last 20 years, Victoria

Figure 1.3 Population change (in percentage) in the last 20 years, Victoria

Figure 1.3 description Long description for Figure 1.3 Population change (in percentage) in the last 20 years, Victoria

Population change (in percentage), census metropolitan areas, 2006 to 2011 and 2011 to 2016

Figure 1.4 description Long description for Figure 1.4 Population change (in percentage), census metropolitan areas, 2006 to 2011 and 2011 to 2016

Population and dwelling counts

Population change, 2011 to 2016 for census subdivisions in the Victoria CMA

Table 1 Victoria CMA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2011 to 2016
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2016 2011 % change
Saanich Census subdivision - Saanich, District municipality DM 114,148 109,752 4.0
Victoria Census subdivision - Victoria, City CY 85,792 80,017 7.2
Langford Census subdivision - Langford, City CY 35,342 29,228 20.9
Oak Bay Census subdivision - Oak Bay, District municipality DM 18,094 18,015 0.4
Esquimalt Census subdivision - Esquimalt, District municipality DM 17,655 16,209 8.9
Colwood Census subdivision - Colwood, City CY 16,859 16,093 4.8
Central Saanich Census subdivision - Central Saanich, District municipality DM 16,814 15,936 5.5
Sooke Census subdivision - Sooke, District municipality DM 13,001 11,435 13.7
Sidney Census subdivision - Sidney, Town T 11,672 11,178 4.4
North Saanich Census subdivision - North Saanich, District municipality DM 11,249 11,089 1.4
View Royal Census subdivision - View Royal, Town T 10,408 9,381 10.9
Metchosin Census subdivision - Metchosin, District municipality DM 4,708 4,803 -2.0
Juan de Fuca (Part 1) Census subdivision - Juan de Fuca (Part 1), Regional district electoral area RDA 4,670 4,237 revised r use with caution E 10.2
Highlands Census subdivision - Highlands, District municipality DM 2,225 2,120 5.0
New Songhees 1A Census subdivision - New Songhees 1A, Indian reserve IRI 1,842 1,678 9.8
East Saanich 2 Census subdivision - East Saanich 2, Indian reserve IRI 1,689 1,709 -1.2
South Saanich 1 Census subdivision - South Saanich 1, Indian reserve IRI 822 818 0.5
Cole Bay 3 Census subdivision - Cole Bay 3, Indian reserve IRI 332 322 3.1
T'Sou-ke Census subdivision - T'Sou-ke, Indian reserve IRI 225 219 2.7
Becher Bay 1 Census subdivision - Becher Bay 1, Indian reserve IRI 129 324 -60.2
Union Bay 4 Census subdivision - Union Bay 4, Indian reserve IRI 94 116 -19.0
Esquimalt Census subdivision - Esquimalt, Indian reserve IRI  incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. ·· not applicable ··  incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. ··

Population change and rank, 2011 to 2016 for CMAs or CAs in British Columbia

Table 2 British Columbia – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2011 to 2016
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2016 2011 % change Nat. Prov.
Vancouver Vancouver - Census metropolitan area CMA 2,463,431 2,313,328 6.5 3 1
Victoria Victoria - Census metropolitan area CMA 367,770 344,580revised r 6.7 15 2
Kelowna Kelowna - Census metropolitan area CMA 194,882 179,839 8.4 22 3
Abbotsford - Mission Abbotsford - Mission - Census metropolitan area CMA 180,518 170,191 6.1 23 4
Nanaimo Nanaimo - Census agglomeration CA 104,936 98,021 7.1 35 5
Kamloops Kamloops - Census agglomeration CA 103,811 98,754 5.1 36 6
Chilliwack Chilliwack - Census agglomeration CA 101,512 93,882revised r 8.1 40 7
Prince George Prince George - Census agglomeration CA 86,622 84,232 2.8 45 8
Vernon Vernon - Census agglomeration CA 61,334 58,584 4.7 55 9
Courtenay Courtenay - Census agglomeration CA 54,157 51,787revised r 4.6 61 10
Duncan Duncan - Census agglomeration CA 44,451 43,252 2.8 66 11
Penticton Penticton - Census agglomeration CA 43,432 42,361 2.5 68 12
Campbell River Campbell River - Census agglomeration CA 37,861 36,096 4.9 75 13
Parksville Parksville - Census agglomeration CA 28,922 27,822 4.0 90 14
Fort St. John Fort St. John - Census agglomeration CA 28,396 26,380 7.6 95 15
Cranbrook Cranbrook - Census agglomeration CA 26,083 25,037 4.2 101 16
Port Alberni Port Alberni - Census agglomeration CA 25,112 25,465 -1.4 102 17
Quesnel Quesnel - Census agglomeration CA 23,146 23,566revised r -1.8 106 18
Squamish Squamish - Census agglomeration CA 19,893 17,479 13.8 109 19
Nelson Nelson - Census agglomeration CA 18,307 17,987revised r 1.8 116 20
Williams Lake Williams Lake - Census agglomeration CA 18,277 18,490 -1.2 117 21
Salmon Arm Salmon Arm - Census agglomeration CA 17,904 17,683 1.2 119 22
Powell River Powell River - Census agglomeration CA 16,783 16,689 0.6 121 23
Terrace Terrace - Census agglomeration CA 15,723 15,569 1.0 128 24
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert - Census agglomeration CA 12,687 13,052 -2.8 146 25
Dawson Creek Dawson Creek - Census agglomeration CA 12,178 11,583 5.1 148 26

Symbols:

···
not applicable
··
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
E
use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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