Kelowna CMA is one of the fastest growing regions in the country

4th-fastest growing region

Kelowna continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Canada.

Figures released Thursday by Stats Can indicate the Kelowna census metropolitan area (Lake Country to Peachland), had the fourth highest growth rate of the 35 CMA's in Canada.

CMA's are regions with populations over 100,000.

The Kelowna CMA, according to Stats Can, had growth of 1.9 per cent during the 12 month period between July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020.

It pegged the region's population at 222,748, nearly 28,000 more (194,882) than was indicated in the 2016 census.

Only Oshawa (2.1%), Halifax (2%) and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (2%) showed a higher growth rate.

B.C.'s three other CMA's, Victoria (1.3%), Vancouver (1.1%) and Abbotsford-Mission (0.9%) grew at a much slower rate.

The Kelowna region also grew at a much faster rate than the national average of 1.1%.

Figures also show the local region has far more older, and far fewer younger residents than most other CMA's in the country.

Data indicates the Central Okanagan has the sixth most residents age 65 and over (21.5%) and the second fewest 14 and under (13.2%). Those age 15 to 64 make up the other 65.3%, ranking the region 24th nationally.

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