Communities in B.C. with Populations between 2,000 and 10,000, Merritt is the Sixth Fastest Growing
Merritt —February 18, 2016— Merritt is listed via BCStats as one of the fastest growing communities in B.C., according to the 2015 Municipal Population Estimates, released January 2016. Merritt’s population growth was estimated at 1.9 per cent, making it the second fastest growing community in the Thompson Nicola region. Sun Peaks had the largest population increase at 4.9 per cent from 2014 to 2015. Merritt is the sixth fastest growing community among those with a population of 2,000 to 10,000 residents. The other five communities ahead of Merritt for population growth were Kent (5.3 per cent), Qualicum Beach (5.1 per cent), Highlands (2.7 per cent), and both Pemberton and Lillooet both increasing 2.6 per cent.
Will George, Manager of Business and Economic Development for the City of Merritt commented “It is great to see we have had a steady population growth over the last few years, not many communities can say that.”
Population growth is a key factor while attracting businesses and investment to the area. Continued population growth over consecutive years has positive effects throughout the community. New residents offer a wide array of skills and fresh ideas into developing the region.
George added “it is projects such as the Green Energy Project, new development in our area, as well as businesses relocating and starting up in Merritt which helps keep our population growing. This along with amenities for all age demographics support the growth to our community.” The provincial average from 2014 to 2015 was 1 per cent, with Merritt’s growth continuing to be higher than the provincial since 2012.
For More Information Contact:
Will George, Business and Economic Development Manager
City Hall: (250) 378-4224
For more information on the City of Merritt: www.merritt.ca