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Demography is the study of human population change. It includes research and analyses on the size, structure and distribution of the population, and how populations change over time (or space) due to births, deaths, mobility and aging.

BC Stats produces a quarterly population highlights report, including data tables, that summarizes the current demographic situation for BC and the rest of Canada. Also available and updated on an annual basis are population estimates and projections for a variety of sub provincial regions such as health authorities and development regions. Other demographic statistics include household projections, vital statistics (births and deaths) and mobility information (immigration and migration). BC Stats has also produced a number of technical papers, as well as analytical reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the difference between an estimate and a projection?

  • Why does Census population differ from estimates in Census years?

  • Why are population figures revised from time to time?

  • Where can I find the population of a specific city, town, region, etc?

  • Where can I find age/sex detail for a specific region?

  • Can I get data for regions that are not specifically available on the website?

  • What is meant by the term components of population change and what is the definition of each of these components?