P.G.’s Population is Up
Prince George, B.C.- The population in Prince George has gown by 2.8% since 2011. That’s according to the latest Census taken in May of 2016.
The growth is great news for Prince George, which now boasts a population of 74,003, up from the 71,974 recorded in the 2011 Census. First and foremost, it means Prince George will get more in transfer payments “That’s a big part of this increase” says Mayor Lyn Hall “Transfer payments are based on population so when we see an increase of two thousand, that reflects in an increase in our transfer payments from the Feds, which is a huge part of this story.”
Mayor Hall said he was cautiously optimistic that the Census would show growth in Prince George, because of the level of activity the City has been seeing “I was anticipating we would see an increase because of what we’ve seen in 2016 from everything that’s going on in the City. You know, people have said to me, the City just seems busier, there seems to be more traffic, more action, and activity around the City.”
Transfer payments aside, Mayor Lyn Hall says the increase is a positive check mark for Prince George ” It reinforces what we’ve been doing from an investment perspective, It reinforces the confidence from the private sector in our City as a result of $122 million dollars in private sector investment last year, and I think it strengthens our position when it comes to people looking at a City of Choice, we have all the amenities, the population is strong and I think it Just lends to all of those factors. I think it will help to attract and retain folks to Prince George, and it will certainly help us from an investment perspective when people see that we’ve had a good year economically last year, the population has increased by two thousand, it bodes well for us.”
Provincially, B.C.’s population was up 5.6% from the previous census in 2011. That’s higher than the national average of 1.0% per year over the same time frame.
Nationally, the population of Canada is now 35,151,728, ten times greater than in 1871 when the first Census was conducted.