Kamloops Population 2018

Kamloops is located in the Thompson-Nicole Regional District of British Columbia. It is the largest city in the region and is ranked as 37th on the list of metro areas throughout Canada. Kamloops houses the district's regional offices and was originally one of three tribal settlements in the area. Today Kamloops is a mecca for both industry as well as education. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the region with no signs of slowing down.


Kamloops is a city that is always growing. The average growth rate for the city stands at 1.43% annually and, according to the most recent census for the area, Kamloops' overall population is 85,678. The population consists of a 90% native culture. Only 10% of residents are classified as immigrants, according to the most recent census of 2011. This census also showed that there are more women than men within the overall population. There are 41,945 men and 43,730 women in Kamloops.


The labor market in Kamloops is quite good for the area. It is estimated that the unemployment rate within the city is 7.7%. The overall workforce within Kamloops stands at 84.3% of the population. This includes eligible workers from the age of 15 and above. The totals reflect that 84.3% of the population is eligible to work, although this includes those that are simply too old to work as well as disabled individuals.


One of the most important parts of any city is its education system, and education in Kamloops is very important to its thriving economy. It is estimated that 17.06% of the overall population have no formal educational qualifications as they did not finish high school. Those that have only graduated from high school make up 30.30% of the population. After high school, trades certificate holders total 13.57% of the population, with college graduates at 16.74%. Individuals with pre-bachelor degrees stand at 6.26% while those with full bachelor's degrees total 10.83%. The smaller numbers are not surprising, since most cities do not have substantial amounts of people studying for these degrees, with advanced degrees making up only 5.24%.


The religious aspect of Kamloops is quite different than that of many other cities where Christianity dominates. Where 48.8% of the overall population does claim to be of the Christian religion, 47.71% of residents claim no religious affiliation at all. That is in stark contrast to other cities throughout the world where religious affiliation has a more significant impact. There are also some other religions in Kamloops that deserve mention even though these numbers are fractions of the population. Buddhism is practiced .48% of the population, Hinduism makes up .32% and Jews are a mere .07%. Muslims occupy .66% of the population and Sikhs 1.31%. In addition to these, the Aboriginal religion is .29% and other religions make up .68% of the overall population.

Kamloops Population in 2018Source: By Photograph by David Wise (http://www.flickr.com/people/syldavia/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons