Cranbrook cracks 20,000

Latest census data shows a population of 20,047 — 626.6 people per square kilometre within 32 square kilometres.

  • Feb. 8, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Cranbrook's population has reaached 20

Cranbrook's population has reaached 20

Barry Coulter

Cranbrook has cracked the 20,000 mark, population-wise, according to the first batch of 2016 census data.

Statistics Canada released its 2016 population and dwelling counts on Wednesday, showing that Cranbrook’s official population stands at 20,047 — up 3.8 per cent from the last count in 2011, when 19,319 souls called the Key City Home.

StatsCan also revealed that there were 8,799 total private dwellings in town. Of these, 8,545 are occupied by “usual residents.”

Cranbrook boasts a population density of 626.6 people per square kilometre, in a land area of 32 square kilometres.

Meanwhile, around the region, it seems the resort towns are booming. Down the road, Kimberley’s population increased by 11.8 per cent, to 7,425. Invermere increased by 14.8 per cent, Fernie by 18 per cent.

The census shows that B.C. has hit 4.6 million people, and is the sixth fastest growing province in the country behind Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon. As of 2016, 13.6 per cent of Canadians live in B.C., leaving the province the third largest in the country.

Canada’s population, meanwhile, has surpassed 35 million, with the bulk of that five-per-cent growth attributed to immigrants.