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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Okanagan-Similkameen
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Okanagan Lake from Naramata
Okanagan Lake from Naramata
Official logo of Okanagan-Similkameen
A map of British Columbia depicting its 29 regional districts and equivalent municipalities. One is highlighted in red.
Location in British Columbia
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Administrative office locationPenticton
Government
 • TypeRegional district
 • BodyBoard of Directors
 • ChairMark Pendergraft (A)
 • Vice ChairSpencer Coyne (Town of Princeton)
 • Electoral Areas
  • A - Osoyoos Rural
  • B - Cawston
  • C - Oliver Rural
  • D - Skaha East & Okanagan Falls
  • E - Naramata
  • F - Okanagan Lake West/West Bench
  • G - Keremeos Rural/Hedley
  • H - Princeton Rural
  • I - Skaha West, Kaleden and Apex
Area
 • Land10,411.68 km2 (4,019.97 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[2]
 • Total83,022
 • Density7.97/km2 (20.6/sq mi)
Websitewww.rdos.bc.ca Edit this at Wikidata

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is in southern British Columbia, adjacent to the U.S. state of Washington. It is bounded by Fraser Valley Regional District to the west, Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Regional District of Central Okanagan to the north, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to the east, and by Okanogan County, Washington to the south. At the 2011 census the population was 80,742. The district covers a land area of 10,413.44 square kilometres (4,020.65 sq mi). The administrative offices are in the City of Penticton.[3]

Population history

  • 2021: 90,178 (+8.6%)
  • 2016: 83,022 (+2.8%)
  • 2011: 80,742 (+1.6%)
  • 2006: 79,475 (+3.7%)
  • 2001: 76,635 (+0.9%)
  • 1996: 75,933

Municipalities

RDOS comprises six municipalities and nine rural electoral areas designated Electoral areas A - I. The municipalities of RDOS are Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver, Princeton, and Keremeos.

Municipality Type Population[4] Growth 2016-2021
Penticton City 36,885 9.3%
Summerland District municipality 12,042 3.7%
Osoyoos Town 5,556 10.0%
Oliver Town 5,094 3.4%
Princeton Town 2,826 3.0%
Keremeos Village 1,608 7.1%

Demographics

As a census division in the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen had a population of 90,178 living in 40,981 of its 46,436 total private dwellings, a change of 8.6% from its 2016 population of 83,022. With a land area of 10,406.64 km2 (4,018.03 sq mi), it had a population density of 8.7/km2 (22.4/sq mi) in 2021.[5]

Ethnicity

Panethnic groups in the Okanagan–Similkameen Regional District (2001−2021)
Panethnic
group
2021[6] 2016[7] 2011[8] 2006[9] 2001[10]
Pop. % Pop. % Pop. % Pop. % Pop. %
European[a] 73,430 83.76% 68,860 85.6% 69,095 88.14% 70,640 90.02% 69,205 91.08%
Indigenous 6,640 7.57% 6,145 7.64% 4,910 6.26% 3,380 4.31% 2,865 3.77%
South Asian 3,445 3.93% 2,950 3.67% 2,630 3.35% 2,805 3.57% 2,030 2.67%
East Asian[b] 1,315 1.5% 940 1.17% 655 0.84% 780 0.99% 940 1.24%
Southeast Asian[c] 1,205 1.37% 735 0.91% 510 0.65% 415 0.53% 380 0.5%
Latin American 590 0.67% 270 0.34% 160 0.2% 130 0.17% 365 0.48%
African 555 0.63% 240 0.3% 230 0.29% 125 0.16% 165 0.22%
Middle Eastern[d] 185 0.21% 115 0.14% 75 0.1% 30 0.04% 30 0.04%
Other[e] 305 0.35% 195 0.24% 125 0.16% 160 0.2% 10 0.01%
Total responses 87,665 97.21% 80,445 96.9% 78,395 97.09% 78,475 98.74% 75,985 99.15%
Total population 90,178 100% 83,022 100% 80,742 100% 79,475 100% 76,635 100%
  • Note: Totals greater than 100% due to multiple origin responses.

Language

According to the 2011 Census, 84.43% of Okanagan-Similkameen's population have English as mother tongue; German is the mother tongue of 2.99% of the population, followed by Punjabi (2.86%), French (1.90%), Portuguese (1.06%), Dutch (0.80%), Ukrainian (0.42%), Hungarian (0.41%), Spanish (0.41%), and Italian (0.39%).[11]

Mother tongue Population Percentage
English 67,360 84.43%
German 2,385 2.99%
Punjabi 2,280 2.86%
French 1,515 1.90%
Portuguese 845 1.06%
Dutch 640 0.80%
Ukrainian 335 0.42%
Hungarian 330 0.41%
Spanish 330 0.41%
Italian 310 0.39%

Electoral areas

Okanagan-Similkameen A
Rural areas surrounding Osoyoos, including Anarchist Mountain to the east between Rock Creek and Osoyoos.
Population: 2,139
Okanagan-Similkameen B
The valley of the Similkameen River from Cawston downstream to Chopaka, at the US border.
Population: 1,151
Okanagan-Similkameen C
Rural areas surrounding Oliver.
Population: 3,986
Okanagan-Similkameen D
Rural areas and unincorporated communities southeast of Penticton, including Okanagan Falls.
Population: 4,016
Okanagan-Similkameen E
Rural areas and unincorporated settlements to the northeast of Penticton including Naramata.
Population: 2,015
Okanagan-Similkameen F
Rural areas west of Summerland and northwest of Penticton.
Population: 2,092
Okanagan-Similkameen G
Rural areas of the middle Similkameen Valley surrounding Keremeos, including Hedley.
Population: 2,298
Okanagan-Similkameen H
Rural areas and unincorporated communities in the upper Similkameen Valley, including Tulameen and Coalmont.
Population: 2,232
Okanagan-Similkameen I
Rural areas southwest of Penticton, including Kaleden and Apex.
Population: 2,207

Notes

  1. ^ Statistic includes all persons that did not make up part of a visible minority or an indigenous identity.
  2. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Chinese", "Korean", and "Japanese" under visible minority section on census.
  3. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Filipino" and "Southeast Asian" under visible minority section on census.
  4. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "West Asian" and "Arab" under visible minority section on census.
  5. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Visible minority, n.i.e." and "Multiple visible minorities" under visible minority section on census.

References

  1. ^ "Board Members". Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (British Columbia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Census profile: Okanagan-Similkameen". 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Select from a list of geographies - British Columbia". February 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and census divisions". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  6. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (October 26, 2022). "Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  7. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (October 27, 2021). "Census Profile, 2016 Census". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  8. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (November 27, 2015). "NHS Profile". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  9. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (August 20, 2019). "2006 Community Profiles". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  10. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (July 2, 2019). "2001 Community Profiles". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  11. ^ Census Profile Okanagan-Similkameen, RD British Columbia http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CD&Code1=5907&Geo2=PR&Code2=01&Data=Count&SearchText=Okanagan-Similkameen&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=&TABID=1

49°25′00″N 120°00′00″W / 49.41667°N 120.00000°W / 49.41667; -120.00000

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