Metropolitan Vancouver population grew at slower rate than other western Canadian cities

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      There's a perception that the Lower Mainland's population is among the fastest growing in Canada.

      It's easy to come to that conclusion for anyone who attends a Chinese New Year, Vaisakhi, or Pride parade.

      In fact, metropolitan Vancouver did not even crack the top 10, according to data just released by Statistics Canada.

      The fastest growing metropolitan region was Calgary from 2011 to 2016. It grew by 14.6 percent.

      The next nine, in order, were: Edmonton (13.9 percent), Saskatoon (12.5 percent), Regina (11.8 percent), Lethbridge (10.8 percent), Kelowna (8.4 percent), Guelph (7.7 percent), Victoria (6.7 percent), Oshawa (6.6 percent), and Winnipeg (6.6 percent).

      Metropolitan Vancouver ranked 11th with 6.5 percent growth in population from 2011 to 2016. 

      This was significantly lower than the 9.3 percent hike between 2006 and 2011.

      According to the census, metropolitan Vancouver's population is 2.46 million.

      We're number 11, according to this chart from Statistics Canada.

      The three Prairie provinces recorded the highest rates of population growth over the past five years, with Alberta leading the way at 11.6 percent.

      Saskatchewan was next at 6.3 percent, followed by Manitoba at 5.8 percent.

      B.C.'s population grew by 5.6 percent, which was ahead of the national average of 5.0 percent.

      Census Mapper website shows where population grew most quickly. Dark green shows growth of more than 1,000 people; pink and red show where the population fell.">
      Jens von Bergmann's Census Mapper website shows where population grew most quickly. Dark green shows growth of more than 1,000 people; pink and red show where the population fell.
      Jens von Bergmann

      Among "census agglomerations" (i.e. communities), Squamish was the only B.C. location to crack the top 10.

      It ranked sixth with a 13.8 percent population growth from 2011 to 2016. 

      That was still below the 14.6 percent population growth in Squamish from 2006 to 2011.

      Sylvan Lake, Alberta, was first at 19.6 percent over the past five years.

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