Every five years, the Census of the Population allows Canadians a closer look into who we are and how we can plan for our future in many aspects of our lives.
The following is a rundown of some of the key findings in the District of Kent and Village of Harrison Hot Springs.
District of Kent
The population of the District of Kent grew by about seven percent with a total of 6,300 people living in Agassiz, Harrison Mills and throughout Kent, up from 6,067 in 2016. Men outnumber women by 560.
Though younger age groups have gone up across the board in the district, the average age remained virtually the same between 2016 and 2022. The rise of some younger groups may indicate the average age may dip downward in future censuses. Younger age groups that saw a proportional increase between 2016 and 2021 are newborn to four, 10 to 14, 25 to 29 and 60 to 64. The 60 to 64 age group is the largest in 2021 with 530 people. People over the age of 100 fell from five in 2016 to zero in 2021.
Approximately 160 households were added to the district over the course of the past five years.
Harrison Hot Springs
Proportionately speaking, Harrison Hot Springs experienced huge population growth from 2016 to 2021, growing by a whopping 29 per cent from 1,468 people to 1,905. This stands in stark contrast with the findings of the 2016 census, in which there was zero change in population from 2011 to 2016. Women continue to outnumber men 970 to 935 (715 to 755 in 2016).
The population of Harrison Hot Spring is slightly younger than it used to be, with the average age of the population dropping from 52 to 51.1 years old. The 2021 census indicates a proportionate rise in residents aged 35 to 39 as well as in 65 to 69-year-olds. The dominant age group in terms of numbers is ages 60 to 64 with 225 people belonging in the demographic. In 2016, the 65 to 69 age group was the largest. Much of the rest of the population curve is parallel, indicating no significant change in many age groups.
There are 12 per cent more private dwellings in Harrison than in 2016, about 84 per cent of which are occupied year-round. The population density is higher with about 347 people per square kilometre in 2021 in comparison with 263 people per square kilometre in 2016.