Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia province in Canada. It is Canada’s 12th most populated city an estimated population of over 350,000 people. It is also the 2nd largest city in British Columbia province after Vancouver. It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast with area size of 215.88 km2.
Based on our research, Victoria population will reach 366,825 by end of 2023.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.29% over last 11 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate. The estimation will adjust once Statistic Canada publishes census data.
Population Growth of Victoria
Looking back last eleven years of Victoria’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.19% to 1.37%, adding around 4,034 to 4,900 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Victoria to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. On the other hand, Victoria is a popular city for people enjoy living in large city with smaller population. Between census year of 2011 and 2016, Victoria population had increased by 21,100 people or 6.7%, which is above national average.
Demographics of Victoria
According to Canada census, Victoria is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. In 2016, the major minority groups are: Chinese (4%), Black (1.4%), South Asian (2.1%),Filipino (2.1%),Latin American (0.9%),Arab (0.7%), Southeast Asian (0.9%), West Asian (0.5%),Korean (0.7%), Japanese (1%).
The religious makeup of Victoria is: Christian(50.9%),No religion(40.1%),Muslim(5.2%),Sikh(1.3%),Buddhist(2.9%),Hindu(1.1%),Jewish(0.8%), Other(0.9%).
From age prospective, according to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census, Victoria has a large retiree population. Reason for that is they came to the city because of Victoria’s climate, scenery, year-round golf season, and pace of life. 80 years old population account for 6.4 percent of the overall population which is the highest proportion for any Canada large cities. The city also has the country’s third-highest concentration of people 65 and older (17.8%). Victoria is well known as a city as the home of “the newly wed and nearly dead”.
Population Density of Victoria
Victoria’s population density is 4,406 people per kilo square meter, which is considered high density as a large city in Canada.
Facts About Victoria
- Victoria was named the most romantic city in Canada and one of the top 15 Friendly Cities in the World.
- Victoria’s waters are home to three orca (killer) whale resident colonies totalling 76 whales.
- The town has an annual flower count dating back to the 1970s. The cumulative blooms were over 3.4 billion in 2018.
- Victoria has an average age of 43.1 years – around four years older than Vancouver Metro.
- Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest town in North America after San Francisco. Here you’ll find the narrowest alley in all of Canada.
- Famous Victorian players include singer Nelly Furtado, basketball star Steve Nash, musician David Foster, director Adam Egoyan, artists Nick Bantock and Jack Shadbolt.
- The highest recorded temperature in Victoria was 35.3 ° C on 23 July 2004; the coldest temperature recorded was-15.6 ° C on 29 December 1968.
- The renowned Butchart Gardens, opened in 1904, is just a twenty-five minute drive from downtown Victoria.
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