World Population

British Columbia Population

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, borders Yukon to the north and the Northwest Territories, Alberta to the east by the province, Montana to the south by the U.S. states, Idaho, and Washington, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. According to statcan, British Columbia population in 2021 is estimated to be 5.17 million, covering area of 944,735 sq.km (364,764 sq mi). B.C. a very desirable destination to work, study, and live. The Columbia in the name British Columbia is derived from the name of the Columbia Rediviva, an American ship which lent its name to the Columbia River and later the wider region, the Columbia in the name Columbia Rediviva came from the name Columbia for the New World. British Columbia is widely considered to be Canada's most expensive province to live in. British Columbia became the sixth province of Canada, evolved from British possessions that were established in what is now British Columbia by 1871, The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, the fifteenth-largest metropolitan region in Canada, named for Queen Victoria. The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, The first British settlement in the area was Fort Victoria, established in 1843, which gave rise to the City of Victoria. In 1866, Vancouver Island became part of the colony of British Columbia, and Victoria became the united colony's capital. According to 2016 census Population of B.C. is 4,648,055 as against 4,400,057 in 2011, Population percentage change from 2011 to 2016 is 5.6%. For the age group of 0 to 14 years is 691,390, 15 to 64 years is 3,107,680, 65 years and over is 848,985 and 85 years and over is 109,190.

Age GroupTotalMaleFemale
0 to 4 years220,625113,355107,275
5 to 9 years236,900122,070114,830
10 to 14 years233,860119,975113,885
15 to 19 years258,980133,000125,985
20 to 24 years287,560147,615139,945
25 to 29 years303,000151,585151,415
30 to 34 years313,750155,035158,715
35 to 39 years293,590143,070150,520
40 to 44 years295,045141,930153,115
45 to 49 years322,365155,325167,040
50 to 54 years354,375172,065182,310
55 to 59 years354,925171,210183,715
60 to 64 years324,095156,450167,645
65 to 69 years287,520139,490148,035
70 to 74 years201,78597,675104,110
75 to 79 years145,22568,71576,510
80 to 84 years105,25548,64556,610
85 to 89 years67,51027,93039,575
90 to 94 years31,81510,61521,205
95 to 99 years8,5452,2156,330
100 years and over1,3252751,050


Ethnic groups

ResidentsPopulationMaleFemale
Canadian citizens4,138,3002,038,2852,100,015
Canadian citizens aged under 18790,485406,970383,510
Canadian citizens aged 18 and over3,347,8201,631,3101,716,505
Not Canadian citizens421,935199,205222,735
People up to third generation are officially termed as non-immigrants and thereon the people inflow is termed as immigrants. Below table indicates Ontario immigration numbers per year:
ImmigrantsPopulationMaleFemale
Non-immigrants3,167,1551,584,3051,582,855
Immigrants1,292,675603,800688,875
Before 1981356,155171,330184,825
1981 to 1990152,22070,47581,750
1991 to 2000287,505132,190155,315
2001 to 2010321,240147,250173,985
2001 to 2005147,73567,42580,305
2006 to 2010173,50579,82593,680
2011 to 2016175,55582,55592,995
Non-permanent residents100,40549,38551,020
Immigrants by selected place of birth The British Columbia state officially categorizes its population into six groups, they are Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, African American, European Whites, Asian, and Native Hawaiian. Below table is the Immigrants by selected place of birth:
Place of BirthPopulation
Americas110,850
Brazil3,800
Colombia3,915
El Salvador5,425
Guyana1,305
Haiti570
Jamaica3,505
Mexico10,375
Peru3,265
Trinidad and Tobago2,620
United States57,780
Other places of birth in Americas18,295
Europe319,885
Bosnia and Herzegovina4,570
Croatia5,780
France5,700
Germany35,045
Greece3,630
Hungary6,175
Ireland5,890
Italy15,405
Netherlands18,225
Poland15,115
Portugal8,215
Romania8,995
Russian Federation10,920
Serbia4,480
Ukraine7,500
United Kingdom123,810
Other places of birth in Europe40,425
Africa42,805
Algeria485
Egypt2,705
Ethiopia2,070
Kenya4,705
Morocco985
Nigeria1,740
Somalia1,080
South Africa, Republic of13,375
Other places of birth in Africa15,645
Asia788,055
Afghanistan5,040
Bangladesh2,125
China199,990
Hong Kong74,210
India162,650
Iran37,160
Iraq5,550
Japan13,365
Korea, South41,515
Lebanon2,235
Pakistan10,665
Philippines112,100
Sri Lanka4,585
Syria2,845
Taiwan38,900
Viet Nam27,875
Other places of birth in Asia47,255
Oceania and other places of birth31,075
Aboriginal identity
ResidentsPopulationMaleFemale
Aboriginal identity270,585
Single Aboriginal responses263,540
First Nations (North American Indian)172,520
Métis89,405
Inuk (Inuit)1,610
Multiple Aboriginal responses4,350
Aboriginal responses not included elsewhere2,695
Non-Aboriginal identity4,289,655
ImmigrantsPopulationMaleFemale
Total visible minority population1,381,235
South Asian365,705
Chinese508,480
Black43,500
Filipino145,025
Latin American44,115
Arab19,840
Southeast Asian54,920
West Asian48,695
Korean60,495
Japanese41,230
Visible minority, n.i.e.8,760
Multiple visible minorities40,465
Ethnic groupsPopulation
North American Aboriginal origins302,810
First Nations (North American Indian)220,245
Inuit2,615
Métis90,515
Other North American origins922,690
Acadian3,940
American78,170
Canadian866,530
New Brunswicker60
Newfoundlander1,875
Nova Scotian185
Ontarian130
Québécois1,830
Other North American origins, n.i.e.405
Ethnic groupsPopulation
European origins2,857,080
British Isles origins1,926,040
Channel Islander455
Cornish610
English1,203,540
Irish675,135
Manx1,810
Scottish860,775
Welsh113,905
British Isles origins, n.i.e.122,700
French origins388,815
Alsatian210
Breton110
Corsican105
French388,580
Western European origins (except French origins)839,860
Austrian48,510
Bavarian225
Belgian19,980
Dutch213,670
Flemish2,215
Frisian850
German603,265
Luxembourger695
Swiss31,390
Western European origins, n.i.e.905
Northern European origins (except British Isles origins)346,525
Danish58,205
Finnish34,150
Icelandic26,410
Norwegian138,430
Swedish110,030
Northern European origins, n.i.e.15,080
Eastern European origins569,260
Bulgarian4,015
Byelorussian2,760
Czech23,375
Czechoslovakian, n.o.s.7,970
Estonian4,840
Hungarian56,535
Latvian4,935
Lithuanian7,225
Moldovan1,085
Polish149,635
Romanian31,250
Russian131,060
Slovak11,220
Ukrainian229,205
Eastern European origins, n.i.e.3,555
Southern European origins334,740
Albanian1,925
Bosnian3,290
Catalan120
Croatian23,845
Cypriot440
Greek24,460
Italian166,095
Kosovar280
Macedonian1,205
Maltese2,645
Montenegrin710
Portuguese41,770
Serbian12,895
Sicilian545
Slovenian5,555
Spanish64,470
Yugoslavian, n.o.s.7,080
Southern European origins, n.i.e.395
Other European origins34,700
Basque840
Jewish17,580
Roma (Gypsy)805
Slavic, n.o.s.
Census data footnote
112"965
Other European origins, n.i.e.14,715
Caribbean origins25,010
Antiguan220
Bahamian255
Barbadian1,870
Bermudan335
Carib70
Cuban1,320
Dominican735
Grenadian380
Guadeloupean15
Haitian1,140
Jamaican10,545
Kittitian/Nevisian130
Martinican25
Montserratan25
Puerto Rican570
St. Lucian190
Trinidadian/Tobagonian4,170
Vincentian/Grenadinian415
West Indian, n.o.s.2,120
Caribbean origins, n.i.e.1,920
Latin, Central and South American origins69,920
Aboriginal from Central/South America (except Arawak and Maya)2,625
Arawak90
Argentinian2,025
Belizean125
Bolivian375
Brazilian5,455
Chilean5,700
Colombian5,860
Costa Rican810
Ecuadorian1,040
Guatemalan2,575
Guyanese1,925
Hispanic1,535
Honduran1,445
Maya930
Mexican23,055
Nicaraguan1,520
Panamanian325
Paraguayan895
Peruvian3,905
Salvadorean6,815
Uruguayan410
Venezuelan1,900
Latin, Central and South American origins, n.i.e.3,310
African origins59,985
Central and West African origins7,075
Akan40
Angolan90
Ashanti85
Beninese35
Burkinabe45
Cameroonian150
Chadian70
Congolese810
Edo85
Ewe55
Gabonese10
Gambian25
Ghanaian1,600
Guinean130
Ibo280
Ivorian100
Liberian250
Malian80
Malinké10
Nigerian2,615
Peulh20
Senegalese95
Sierra Leonean130
Togolese100
Wolof0
Yoruba255
Central and West African origins, n.i.e.620
North African origins9,840
Algerian770
Berber210
Coptic150
Dinka45
Egyptian4,520
Libyan420
Maure150
Moroccan2,005
Sudanese1,225
Tunisian500
North African origins, n.i.e.215
Southern and East African origins24,800
Afrikaner705
Amhara115
Bantu, n.o.s.
Census data footnote
119"255
Burundian215
Eritrean1,055
Ethiopian2,550
Kenyan1,615
Malagasy105
Mauritian975
Oromo140
Rwandan420
Seychellois25
Somali2,295
South African11,060
Tanzanian490
Tigrian205
Ugandan775
Zambian210
Zimbabwean855
Zulu75
Southern and East African origins, n.i.e.1,840
Other African origins19,215
Black, n.o.s.
Census data footnote
121"2,660
Other African origins, n.i.e.16,740
Asian origins1,312,445
West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins99,560
Afghan7,895
Arab, n.o.s.5,660
Armenian3,715
Assyrian545
Azerbaijani990
Georgian740
Hazara55
Iranian47,985
Iraqi5,575
Israeli2,655
Jordanian785
Kazakh385
Kurd2,120
Kuwaiti125
Kyrgyz175
Lebanese7,980
Palestinian2,625
Pashtun360
Saudi Arabian975
Syrian3,955
Tajik260
Tatar790
Turk6,355
Turkmen120
Uighur130
Uzbek270
Yemeni300
West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins, n.i.e.2,635
South Asian origins363,885
Bangladeshi1,840
Bengali850
Bhutanese120
East Indian309,315
Goan485
Gujarati700
Kashmiri185
Nepali1,495
Pakistani12,585
Punjabi38,725
Sinhalese620
Sri Lankan5,710
Tamil1,235
South Asian origins, n.i.e.8,245
East and Southeast Asian origins855,345
Burmese2,310
Cambodian (Khmer)3,235
Chinese540,155
Filipino158,215
Hmong130
Indonesian6,625
Japanese51,150
Karen895
Korean63,300
Laotian2,530
Malaysian5,060
Mongolian1,495
Singaporean1,055
Taiwanese21,455
Thai5,065
Tibetan550
Vietnamese41,435
East and Southeast Asian origins, n.i.e.785
Other Asian origins2,500
Other Asian origins, n.i.e.2,500
Oceania origins41,125
Australian16,240
New Zealander6,565
Pacific Islands origins19,135
Fijian14,145
Hawaiian2,200
Maori1,120
Polynesian, n.o.s.600
Samoan485
Pacific Islands origins, n.i.e.905


Languages

LanguagePopulation
English only4,127,770
French only1,810
English and French314,925
Neither English nor French153,910
Language Spoken at HomePopulation
English3,170,110
French57,425
Non-official languages1,267,460
Aboriginal languages8,435
Algonquian languages1,050
Blackfoot40
Cree-Montagnais languages840
Atikamekw0
Montagnais (Innu)0
Moose Cree5
Naskapi0
Northern East Cree10
Plains Cree150
Southern East Cree0
Swampy Cree25
Woods Cree60
Cree, n.o.s.585
Eastern Algonquian languages10
Malecite5
Mi'kmaq10
Ojibway-Potawatomi languages155
Algonquin5
Ojibway135
Oji-Cree10
Ottawa (Odawa)5
Algonquian languages, n.i.e.0
Athabaskan languages2,310
Northern Athabaskan languages2,295
Babine (Wetsuwet'en)110
Beaver160
Carrier1,005
Chilcotin650
Dene90
Dogrib (Tlicho)5
Gwich'in15
Sarsi (Sarcee)0
Sekani85
Slavey-Hare languages75
North Slavey (Hare)5
South Slavey20
Slavey, n.o.s.50
Tahltan languages105
Kaska (Nahani)15
Tahltan90
Tutchone languages5
Northern Tutchone5
Southern Tutchone5
Athabaskan languages, n.i.e.15
Haida70
Inuit languages80
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun)10
Inuktitut50
Inuit languages, n.i.e.20
Iroquoian languages15
Cayuga0
Mohawk10
Oneida0
Iroquoian languages, n.i.e.0
Kutenai100
Michif35
Salish languages2,270
Comox80
Halkomelem475
Lillooet315
Okanagan270
Shuswap (Secwepemctsin)435
Squamish35
Straits80
Thompson (Ntlakapamux)330
Salish languages, n.i.e.250
Siouan languages45
Dakota30
Stoney0
Siouan languages, n.i.e.5
Tlingit30
Tsimshian languages1,460
Gitxsan (Gitksan)875
Nisga'a385
Tsimshian195
Wakashan languages795
Haisla90
Heiltsuk100
Kwakiutl (Kwak'wala)320
Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka)275
Wakashan languages, n.i.e.5
Aboriginal languages, n.o.s.190
Non-Aboriginal languages1,259,025
Afro-Asiatic languages24,870
Berber languages115
Kabyle40
Berber languages, n.i.e.80
Cushitic languages1,505
Bilen5
Oromo205
Somali1,270
Cushitic languages, n.i.e.20
Semitic languages23,195
Amharic1,370
Arabic17,480
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic650
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic440
Harari20
Hebrew2,065
Maltese215
Tigrigna805
Semitic languages, n.i.e.150
Afro-Asiatic languages, n.i.e.55
Austro-Asiatic languages28,740
Khmer (Cambodian)1,560
Vietnamese27,150
Austro-Asiatic languages, n.i.e30
Austronesian languages96,535
Bikol375
Cebuano4,065
Fijian470
Hiligaynon1,470
Ilocano5,240
Malagasy20
Malay3,895
Pampangan (Kapampangan, Pampango)700
Pangasinan295
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)78,770
Waray-Waray215
Austronesian languages, n.i.e.1,015
Creole languages840
Haitian Creole35
Creole, n.o.s.500
Creole languages, n.i.e.305
Dravidian languages7,500
Kannada280
Malayalam2,385
Tamil3,615
Telugu1,175
Dravidian languages, n.i.e.45
Hmong-Mien languages140
Indo-European languages588,175
Albanian1,465
Armenian1,195
Balto-Slavic languages83,110
Baltic languages1,070
Latvian565
Lithuanian505
Slavic languages82,040
Belarusan95
Bosnian1,360
Bulgarian2,025
Croatian7,475
Czech5,920
Macedonian325
Polish16,910
Russian25,955
Serbian7,045
Serbo-Croatian1,395
Slovak3,400
Slovene (Slovenian)1,160
Ukrainian8,630
Slavic languages, n.i.e.345
Celtic languages615
Scottish Gaelic240
Welsh280
Celtic languages, n.i.e.95
Germanic languages101,725
Afrikaans3,260
Danish4,665
Dutch21,020
Frisian295
German66,885
Icelandic275
Norwegian2,005
Swedish2,520
Vlaams (Flemish)445
Yiddish290
Germanic languages, n.i.e.65
Greek6,115
Indo-Iranian languages297,800
Indo-Aryan languages251,000
Bengali3,180
Gujarati6,895
Hindi26,720
Kashmiri65
Konkani255
Marathi620
Nepali1,155
Oriya (Odia)70
Punjabi (Panjabi)198,805
Sindhi1,675
Sinhala (Sinhalese)1,675
Urdu9,885
Iranian languages46,390
Kurdish1,765
Pashto1,155
Persian (Farsi)43,470
Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e.410
Italic (Romance) languages96,135
Catalan160
Italian22,680
Portuguese17,450
Romanian8,730
Spanish47,010
Italic (Romance) languages, n.i.e.105
Japanese21,350
Kartvelian languages85
Georgian85
Korean52,160
Mongolic languages360
Mongolian360
Niger-Congo languages3,725
Akan (Twi)495
Bamanankan10
Edo85
Ewe85
Fulah (Pular, Pulaar, Fulfulde)45
Ga45
Ganda90
Igbo245
Lingala80
Rundi (Kirundi)115
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)155
Shona215
Swahili805
Wolof50
Yoruba330
Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e.885
Nilo-Saharan languages340
Dinka105
Nilo-Saharan languages, n.i.e.240
Sign languages1,155
American Sign Language470
Quebec Sign Language5
Sign languages, n.i.e690
Sino-Tibetan languages410,920
Chinese languages408,415
Cantonese193,530
Hakka2,325
Mandarin186,325
Min Dong230
Min Nan (Chaochow, Teochow, Fukien, Taiwanese)11,210
Wu (Shanghainese)4,540
Chinese, n.o.s.10,050
Chinese languages, n.i.e.205
Tibeto-Burman languages2,500
Burmese1,125
Karenic languages815
Tibetan330
Tibeto-Burman languages, n.i.e.230
Tai-Kadai languages3,985
Lao1,100
Thai2,865
Tai-Kadai languages, n.i.e20
Turkic languages4,140
Azerbaijani530
Turkish3,145
Uyghur170
Uzbek105
Turkic languages, n.i.e.190
Uralic languages13,490
Estonian705
Finnish3,760
Hungarian9,025


Income Distribution

Income RangePopulation
Under $10,000 (including loss)573,315
$10,000 to $19,999653,915
$20,000 to $29,999503,290
$30,000 to $39,999424,330
$40,000 to $49,999366,220
$50,000 to $59,999286,310
$60,000 to $69,999222,975
$70,000 to $79,999171,625
$80,000 to $89,999134,090
$90,000 to $99,99996,825
$100,000 and over294,475
$100,000 to $149,999198,355
$150,000 and over96,115


History

British Columbia area is home to First Nations groups that have a long history. There are more than 200 First Nations in BC with a significant number of indigenous languages. Lands now known as British Columbia were added to the empire during the 19th century. The British spread across the world claiming territories and building the British Empire. A series of gold rushes in various parts of the province followed, the largest being the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1862.cPopulation in British Columbia continued to expand as the province's mining, forestry, agriculture, and fishing sectors were developed.


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