Nanaimo Population 2017

Nanaimo is a city in British Columbia, Canada. The city is located on Vancouver Island. Based on population, it is the 62nd largest in the country. Data from 2016 put the population at 90,504 residents. Because of its location on Vancouver Island, the city has been nicknamed The Harbour City.

Nanaimo Demographics

The population of Nanaimo is estimated to exceed 90,000 as of 2016. At the time of the last official census, however, the population was just 83,810 in 2011. Based on the data from the 2011 census, the majority of residents are of European descent, accounting for 86.4% of the total population. The Aboriginal population was recorded as 6.3% of the total population, followed by 2.7% of East Asian descent, 1.9% of South Asian descent, 0.5% black, 0.3% Latin American, 0.2% West Asian, 0.2% Multiracial, 0.1% Arab, and 0.2% from another descent.

Looking further into data from the census shows that over half of the residents do not practice a set religion, which is more than double the national average. Of those that do follow a religion, over 44% are Christian. Other religions observed among residents including Buddhism and Sikh.

The average age in the city is 44.8, which exceeds the national average. The median income and average household income of residents falls below the national medians. Unemployment rates in the city are 9.2%.

The majority – 88.6% -- of residents speak English, while 9.1% speak non-official languages. A total of 1.4% of the population speak French.

Nanaimo History

Nanaimo Bay was discovered by Europeans in 1791. During the 19th century, the city was set up as a trading post. Coal was discovered during the mid-1800s and became a chief export for the city. Coal mines were established throughout the harbor area and the city began to expand with the addition of steam railways.

While the coal mines allowed the city to prosper, they did not come without their dangers. An explosion in 1887 killed 150 miners. More were killed in an explosion just one year later. The city didn’t stay down for long, and into the 1940s, the coal industry was still thriving and was supplemented along with the lumber industry. The forestry industry is still thriving today and brings over half a million dollars a day into the economy through the MacMillan Bloedel pulp mill.

Today, the city has something that appeals to all of its residents. This includes annual marine festivals, sports clubs, museums, and a thriving music scene.

Nanaimo Population Growth

During the last census in 2011, the population was recorded as 83,810, reflecting an increase of 6.5% from the population recorded in 2006. This exceeds the national growth rate of 5.9%. The population estimated in 2016 surpassed 90,000, showing that growth is continuing. Based on these figures, the city will continue to see steady growth that will be reflected during the next official census.

Nanaimo Population in 2018Source: By Braveheart (Image:Nanaimo Skyline 2005-08-02.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons