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Squamish population growth largest in B.C. by percentage

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While Squamish grew by more than 14 per cent, Whistler increased its population by 6.2 per cent and Pemberton jumped by 8.1 per cent. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) saw a population increase of 8.4 per cent with most of that growth coming from new births and people moving to the main communities in the Sea to Sky corridor. Lillooet recorded a slight decrease in population.

Area B of the SLRD dropped from a population of 575 to 359. This represents a decrease of 37.6 per cent. Area A, which only has 224 residents, increased in population by 8.2 per cent while Area C dropped from 1,887 in 2006 to a population of 1,804. Area C includes the rural areas outside of Pemberton and the percentage decline equals 4.4 per cent.

Area D of the SLRD includes neighbourhoods like Pinecrest, Black Tusk, Upper Squamish, Paradise Valley, Ring Creek, Britannia and Furry Creek and the population in those communities didn't change at about 840 people.

The total number of people living in the regional district is 38,171, up from 35,225 in 2006. Census information is collected every five years by Statistics Canada.