British Columbia Population

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According to calculation estimates, the population of British Columbia is 4,606,451.

Currently, British Columbia’s population makes up approximately 13.2% of the Canadian national population. Despite the 7.0% population growth Quebec has seen over the past years, British Columbia is the third most populated Canadian province.  (Quebec is the second most populated province in Canada, while Ontario is the most populated province.)


British Columbia Land Area

The land area is 944,735 km^2, or 357,216 mi^2, making British Columbia the third largest province by land mass.  British Columbia’s rugged coastline stretches for more than 27,000 km.  This includes the recluse, mountainous fjords and about six thousand islands, most of which are uninhabited.

British Columbia makes up approximately 9.5% of Canada’s entire area and has a water area of 19,549 km^2, or 7,548 mi^2.  It is the 5th biggest province in Canada, after Nunavut, Quebec, Northwest Territories, and Ontario.


Quebec Borders

The west side of British Columbia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and parts of Alaska border the province from the north to northwest parts.  North of British Columbia are the Yukon and Northwest Territories.  East of British Columbia is Alberta province, and the south of British Columbia is bordered by U.S. states Montana, Idaho, and Washington.  The southern border was established by the 1846 Oregon Treaty.  The British Columbia coasts and southern part has many valleys with mild weather, but a majority of British Columbia experiences cold to subartic climate temperatures and typical Canadian winters.


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The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, named after Canada’s Queen of Confederation.  Victoria is located on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island.  Victoria’s population is second-largest in British Columbia, with 344,615.

British Columbia’s largest city is Vancouver, which is actually NOT located on Vancouver Island, but on the southwest corner of the mainland (also known as the Lower Mainland), with a population of 2,313,328.  For five years, Vancouver has been consistently named as part of the top-ten “world’s most livable cities.”  Vancouver is also home to Port Metro Vancouver, which is the busiest and largest port in Canada.  Vancouver is nicknamed “Hollywood North,” as it is one of the largest film production centers in North America (see section Economic Statistics for more info).  In addition, Vancouver has been the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Paralympics due to its proximity to Whistler Valley, a ski resort about 80 miles from the city.  Recently, Vancouver has been named the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup host.



British Columbia Federal Representation

British Columbia holds 36 of the 308 House of Commons seats, thus making up 11.7% of the total percentage.

British Columbia holds 6 of the 105 Senate Seats making up 5.7% of the total.


British Columbia Demographics

Of the provinces, British Columbia had the highest proportion of minorities (~24.8%).  In addition, Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents do not speak English as their first language.

Ethnic Origins

  • English – pop. 1,207,245 (29.6%)
  • Scottish – pop. 828,145 (20.7%)
  • Canadian – pop. 720,200 (17.7%)
  • Irish – pop. 618,120 (15.2%)
  • German – pop. 561,570 (13.8%)
  • Chinese – pop. 432,435 (10.6%)
  • French – pop. 361,215 (8.9%)
  • South Asian – pop. 232,370 (5.7%)
  • North American Indian – pop. 193,060 (4.7%)

British Columbia Economic Statistics

British Columbia is centered primarily on the forestry industry as well as an increasing interest in mining.  The economy is influenced by the mining industry, but this has lead to fluctuating economic activity due to changes in commodity pricing over time.  In addition, there have been economic issues concerning environmental protection, which has lead to a decreased prevalence of the mining industry in the area.  Another primary industry is film/tourism; the Vancouver region in British Columbia is the 3rd largest film production location in North America, after Los Angeles and New York City, earning Vancouver the nickname, “Hollywood North.”

British Columbia’s GDP is the fourth largest in Canada at $197.93 billion in 2008. Quebec’s economy makes up approximately 12% of the total gross domestic product of Canada.  The economy has primarily been driven the amount of natural resources in the area as well as the tourism element.  British Columbia’s total debt will rise 16% to $47.8 billion in the 2010-11 fiscal year, or 24.3% of the total GDP.


British Columbia Historical Population Statistics


Year Population
1851 55,000
1861 51,524
1871 36,247
1881 49,459
1891 98,173
1901 178,657
1911 524,582
1921 524,582
1931 694,263
1941 817,861
1951 1,165,210
1961 1,629,082
1971 2,184,620
1981 2,744,467
1991 3,282,061
1996 3,724,500
2001 3,907,738
2006 4,113,487
2011 4,400,057

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New Hampshire Population 2013

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The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of New Hampshire in 2013 was 1,320,718, which is ranked the 42nd largest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 0.3% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 147 people per square mile, ranked 21st largest density in the United States.

New Hampshire Population Projections

By the year 2015, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.42 million people, which is an approximate 7.6% increase from the current population. By the year 2020, the population is expected to reach 1.47 million people, which is an approximate 11.4% increase from the current population. By the year 2025, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.52 million people, which is an approximate 15.2% increase from the current population. By the year 2030, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.565 million people, which is an approximate 18.6% increase from the current population.

New Hampshire Land Mass

The state of New Hampshire is approximately 190 miles from north to south and 70 miles from east to west with a square area of 9,351 making it the 46h largest state in the Untied States. Of the 9,351 square miles, 382 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of New Hampshire is Mount Washington, which reaches 6,288 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is at the Atlantic Ocean, reaching sea level. The geographic center of New Hampshire is located in Belknap County, 3 miles east of Ashland. Canada on the north, Massachusetts on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Vermont, and Maine on the west border the state.

New Hampshire can be broken up into three distinct geographic land areas: Coastal Lowlands, Eastern New England Uplands, and the White Mountains. The Coastal Lowlands makes up the southeastern portion of the state at the border with the Atlantic Ocean to about fifteen miles inland. This area is made up of beaches and islands off the coast of the land. The Eastern New England Uplands make up the majority of the southern portion of the state. This area is made up of the Merrimack Valley, the Hills and Lakes Region, and the Connecticut River Valley. Lastly, the White Mountains are extended from New Hampshire. These mountains cover the northern portion of the state. The highest point in New Hampshire is in this part of the state. The most northern portion of this section is filled with forested hills.

new-hampshire-population-2013-economyNew Hampshire Demographics

Of the approximate 1.32 million people in the state of New Hampshire, about 50.6% of the population is female, while 49,4% is male. Also, approximately 94% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 94%, only about 3% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 91% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up only 1% of the entire population of the state of New Hampshire. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races make up only about 5% of the New Hampshire population.

New Hampshire Religion

The population of New Hampshire identifies as religious at a much lower rate than the national average. About 35% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 35%, about 24% identify as members of the Catholic Church, making it the largest denomination in New Hampshire. All the other Christian denominations make up about 10.5% of the population. Those who identify as Jewish, Islamic, or as an Eastern religion only make up 0.5% of the population.

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New Hampshire Economy

Historically, mainly the paper and grain mills in the state drove New Hampshire’s economy. However, once the millwork began to fall, traditional manufacturing began to take over as the economic driver of the state. Currently, Smart Manufacturing and High Technology is the largest and most vital sector of New Hampshire’s economy. This company is big on producing electronic components through the usage of high-tech equipment. Another big part of the economy is tourism. Having coastal spots, mountains, and lake destinations makes New Hampshire a great place to visit. Lastly, New Hampshire has the lowest child poverty rate in the country.

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Northwest Territories Population

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New Brunswick Population

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Newfoundland and Labrador Population

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