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British Columbia's population of 4.5 million is growing more diverse with an influx of newcomers from other parts of Canada and around the world. B.C. is home to a culturally diverse and geographically dispersed aboriginal population.

General Population Statistics—2009 
Population July 1, 2010 (thousands)
4,455.2
Compounded Avg.Annual growth rate 2001 to 2006 (%)
1.16
Percent of Canada (July 1, 2009)
13.20
Population per sq. km
4.7
Median age (July 1, 2009)
40.7
Total net migration (000's) July 1, 2008/09
58.6
Source: Statistics Canada, Prepared by BC Stats 

The age structure of British Columbia is shaped mainly by the postwar baby boom and subsequent drop in birth rates, which has resulted in a bulge in the population of the 42 to 60 year age group.

Population Estimates by Selected Age Groups—2009 ('000)
Age Group
Males
%
Females
%
Total
%
0 to 4
113.3
5.1
105.9
4.7
219.2
4.9
5 to 14
240.7
10.9
225.5
10.0
466.3
10.5
15 to 24
310.5
14.0
288.1
12.8
598.7
13.4
25 to 34
297.1
13.4
299.7
13.4
596.8
13.4
35 to 44
313.5
14.2
317.9
14.2
631.4
14.2
45 to 54
352.9
16.0
361.9
16.1
714.7
16.0
55 to 64
281.5
12.7
290.3
12.9
571.8
12.8
65 to 74
169.4
7.7
177.1
7.9
346.5
7.8
75 +
131.4
5.9
178.4
7.9
309.8
7.0
Totals
2,210.3
100.0
2,244.9
100.0
4,455.2
100.0
Source: Statistics Canada, Prepared by BC Stats

British Columbia’s non-immigrant population grew by 2.9 per cent between the 2001 and 2006 Census, whereas the immigrant population grew by 10.8 per cent during this same period. The origin of immigrants has changed. Historically, the bulk of the immigrant population came from Europe; more recently, however, Asia and the Middle East have become the predominant source, accounting for more than half the foreign-born persons in British Columbia (2006 Census).

Lifestyles range from cosmopolitan in the metropolitan areas of Vancouver and Victoria to rural in the interior regions and along the Pacific coast.

Regional Population: Population of Vancouver Island, BC

More information on the population of B.C. is available on the BC Stats website:

Population of Municipalities, 1996–2009
BC Population Projections

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