The Tri-Cities added 12,401 new residents between 2016 and 2021, with about three-quarters of that growth concentrated in Coquitlam, according to recently released Census data.
Coquitlam added 9,341 residents between 2016 and 2021, a 6.7 percent increase that brought the city’s population to 148,625.
The city also added more 4,000 new dwellings during that stretch, going from 54,393 to 58,683 housing units.
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Density per square kilometre: 1,216.7
National population rank: 34
Despite adding 285 new units of housing, the population in the City of the Arts dropped by 16 people between 2016 and 2021, bringing Port Moody’s population to 33,535.
Units of housing:
In 2016: 13,318
In 2021: 13,603
Population density per square kilometre: 1,297.3
National population rank: 142
Growth was steady in Port Coquitlam, ticking up by 4.9 percent (2,886 residents) between 2016 and 2021, bringing the city’s population to 61,498.
Port Coquitlam also added a little more than 1,000 units of housing between 2016 and 2021, going from 22,586 dwelling units to 23,671.
Population density per square kilometre: 2,108.7
National population rank: 93
The village of Anmore added 146 residents between 2016 and 2021, going from a population of 2,210 to 2,356, an increase of 6.6 percent.
In 2016: 723
In 2021: 768
Population density per square kilometre: 85.6
National population rank: 1,245
The population jumped by 44 residents between 2016 and 2021 for a total population of 687 in Belcarra despite a slight decline in dwellings.
In 2016: 292
In 2021: 289
Population density per square kilometre: 124.8
National population rank: 2,549
Overall, the population of the Tri-Cities rose from 234,300 in 2016 to 246,701 in 2021.
Big movement in big cities
The growth in the Tri-Cities seems to follow a national urban trend toward urbanization.
With five-year growth rates that reached a high of 10.6 percent, 18 of the 25 largest municipalities in Canada grew at a faster pace than Canada as the country’s total population rose 5.2 percent from 2016 to 2021.