Victoria Population 2017

Victoria, British Columbia is known as the Garden City due to its outstanding beauty. It is popular among tourists and retirees, as well as students attending the many colleges within the city. Victoria is the 15th most populated Canadian city with an overall population of 383,360 in the greater Victoria area. The city center of Victoria is also among the most densely populated cities in the country at 85,792 – that's approximately 4,405.8 people for every square kilometer.

Growth

While Victoria's growth has historically been slightly behind other western Canadian cities, recent years have seen improvements. Between 2001 and 2005 the population increased by 5.3%, and since then there has been a further increase of 4.4%, demonstrating steady and consistent growth.

Workforce

Victoria's 5.1% unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 6.8%. However, even though unemployment remains low in Victoria as of today, it is slowly increasing, with evidence of a 5% increase during March of this year compared to the same month in 2014. What impact a higher unemployment rate might have on Victoria's population remains to be seen.

Demographics

Canada has always been welcoming to various cultures from around the world, but Victoria is a city that is particularly unique in this regard. Visiting Victoria is quite convenient for much of the world as the national tongue is English and 84% of the population are fluent speakers. There is a strong British presence in the city, but many other nationalities are also represented, including German, Chinese, and Punjabi. Residents of Chinese and South Asian descent make up 4% of the overall population. The city also boasts the highest population of residents above 80 years of age and, at 41.9 years, the median age for a resident of Victoria is higher than the national average of 40.6 years of age.

Education

Although notable for its older population, Victoria also has a thriving student population. Students are drawn to the rich artistic heritage of the area, which features the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Butchart Gardens, as well as the many universities based in the city. Originally founded in 1903 as Victoria College, the largest of these is the University of Victoria, a popular and academically respected institution that attracts students from around the world to Victoria.

Victoria Population in 2018Source: By Brandon Godfrey [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Victoria Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2030419,0006.08%24,000
2025395,0005.90%22,000
2020373,0003.04%11,000
2017362,0001.40%5,000
2015357,0004.39%15,000
2010342,0004.59%15,000
2005327,0005.14%16,000
2000311,0003.32%10,000
1995301,0006.74%19,000
1990282,00012.35%31,000
1985251,0008.66%20,000
1980231,0008.96%19,000
1975212,00016.48%30,000
1970182,0007.06%12,000
1965170,00014.09%21,000
1960149,00019.20%24,000
1955125,00019.05%20,000
1950105,0000.00%0
Victoria Population Growth

Victoria's 2017 population is now estimated at 362,000. In 1950, the population of Victoria was 105,000. Victoria has grown by 5,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.40% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Victoria, which typically includes Victoria's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations