Data from the 2021 census reveals that Fort St. John’s population saw a 5.9 per cent increase since the last census in 2016, with 21,465 residents calling the Energetic City home in 2021.

The Fort St. John census agglomeration, which includes, Baldonnel, Charlie Lake, Grandhaven, and Taylor, grew to a combined population of 28,729, an increase of 333 people, or 1.3 per cent, according to Stats Canada.

Taylor, alone, saw a decline in its population from 1,469 to 1,317 people. Charlie Lake had 145 residents move away, with the population now sitting at 1,752 people.

Dawson Creek’s population went up 1.2 per cent to 12,323 residents, from 12,178. Tumbler Ridge grew 20.7 per cent to 2,399 residents, from 1,987. Chetwynd’s population declined 8 per cent to 2,302 residents, from 2,503 in 2016.

Hudson’s Hope recorded a population decline from 1,015 to 841 residents, down 17.1 per cent from 2016, according to Stats Canada.

The Peace River Regional District’s population dropped  2.2 per cent with 61,532 in 2021, down from 62,942 residents five years ago. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality population saw an 18.8 per cent decrease, from 4,862 to 3,947 residents.

The Village of Pouce Coupe had 762 residents in 2021, down 30, according to Stats Canada.

For First Nation reserves in the area, Halfway River’s population grew from 172 to 247 people, Prophet River increased from 101 to 107 people, Doig River went from 118 to 85 people, and Blueberry River dropped from 197 to 145.

Fort Nelson First Nation’s population decreased from 425 to 419 people, and West Moberly was down from 140 to 99 people.

British Columbia’s population was reported at 5,000,879 – a record high for the province.

British Columbia had the second-highest population growth among the provinces, with immigration, not fertility, hiking B.C.’s numbers. The province’s population grew by 7.6 per cent between 2016 and 2021.

Canada’s population was just over 36.9 million on census day last year, growing by 5.2 per cent between 2016 and 2021. Statistics Canada says there were about 1.8 million more people calling the country home in 2021 compared with 2016, with four in every five being immigrants.

With files from The Canadian Press