Victoria Population 2021

389,910
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Victoria's 2021 population is now estimated at 389,910. In 1950, the population of Victoria was 104,831. Victoria has grown by 3,911 since 2015, which represents a 1.01% annual 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.

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.

Victoria Population Density

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 (about 11,000 per square mile).

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.

City Size

The city of Victoria covers a surface area of 19.47 km2 (7.52 sq mi). The metro area expands outward to 696.15 km2 (268.79 sq mi).

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 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035442,8850.83%3,639
2034439,2460.84%3,659
2033435,5870.85%3,681
2032431,9060.87%3,708
2031428,1980.88%3,735
2030424,4630.89%3,764
2029420,6990.91%3,790
2028416,9090.92%3,811
2027413,0980.94%3,827
2026409,2710.95%3,839
2025405,4320.96%3,855
2024401,5770.97%3,874
2023397,7030.99%3,891
2022393,8121.00%3,902
2021389,9101.01%3,911
2020385,9991.02%3,914
2019382,0851.04%3,915
2018378,1701.31%4,892
2017373,2781.31%4,828
2016368,4501.31%4,766
2015363,6841.31%4,698
2014358,9861.31%4,637
2013354,3491.31%4,571
2012349,7781.31%4,524
2011345,2540.93%3,183
2010342,0710.87%2,944
2009339,1270.87%2,914
2008336,2130.87%2,897
2007333,3160.87%2,868
2006330,4481.11%3,612
2005326,8361.14%3,676
2004323,1601.14%3,645
2003319,5151.14%3,599
2002315,9161.14%3,559
2001312,3570.58%1,793
2000310,5640.50%1,533
1999309,0310.50%1,524
1998307,5070.50%1,516
1997305,9910.49%1,507
1996304,4841.04%3,148
1995301,3361.13%3,356
1994297,9801.13%3,318
1993294,6621.12%3,277
1992291,3851.13%3,249
1991288,1362.32%6,522
1990281,6142.41%6,630
1989274,9842.41%6,466
1988268,5182.41%6,330
1987262,1882.41%6,173
1986256,0151.87%4,690
1985251,3251.82%4,489
1984246,8361.82%4,420
1983242,4161.82%4,335
1982238,0811.82%4,258
1981233,8231.39%3,211
1980230,6121.36%3,096
1979227,5161.36%3,050
1978224,4661.36%3,009
1977221,4571.36%2,965
1976218,4923.30%6,984
1975211,5083.47%7,097
1974204,4113.47%6,859
1973197,5523.47%6,620
1972190,9323.48%6,415
1971184,5171.37%2,500
1970182,0171.19%2,135
1969179,8821.19%2,108
1968177,7741.19%2,089
1967175,6851.19%2,062
1966173,6232.29%3,884
1965169,7392.38%3,953
1964165,7862.39%3,871
1963161,9152.39%3,776
1962158,1392.39%3,688
1961154,4513.49%5,208
1960149,2433.60%5,186
1959144,0573.59%4,999
1958139,0583.60%4,826
1957134,2323.59%4,652
1956129,5803.60%4,502
1955125,0783.59%4,340
1954120,7383.60%4,190
1953116,5483.59%4,039
1952112,5093.60%3,909
1951108,6003.60%3,769
1950104,8310.00%

Victoria Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population Growth 2021
Toronto6,254,5710.93%
Montreal4,247,4460.64%
Vancouver2,606,3510.98%
Calgary1,580,6592.14%
Edmonton1,491,0762.05%
Ottawa1,407,9281.07%
Quebec City831,7760.69%
Winnipeg824,7711.00%
Hamilton770,9760.56%
Kitchener570,6811.46%
London Ca511,3680.62%
St Catharines Niagara418,2930.54%
Halifax414,7770.51%
Oshawa402,4531.00%
Victoria389,9101.01%
Windsor337,6700.47%
Saskatoon331,0511.95%

Other Cities in Canada

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

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