People & Population Data
The Town of Oliver’s population was 4,824 in 2011 (Statistics Canada), with an additional 4,000 people living in the surrounding rural areas (Electoral Area “C”). The most recent estimate in 2015 (BC Stats) indicates a population of 4,597. The trend prior to 2011 shows modest but steady population growth between 1% and 2%. Table 1 illustrates the Town of Oliver’s growth over the decades. Some of the increases between 1986 and 1991 were due to the Town of Oliver’s boundary expansions.
Despite the flat or negative growth in the past five years, BC Stats projects a low growth rate of 0.25% for the area between 2015 and 2030, which would translate to a population in the Town of Oliver of 4,831 people by 2030. With these trends and projections in mind, the Town of Oliver could anticipate an annual population change of between minus 1 percent and plus 1 percent, resulting in a population between 3,900 and 5,300 in 20 years. These projections do not include the possibility of a boundary expansion.
The age and gender distribution of the population is approximately 46.9% male, while 53.1% of the population is female. The most significant proportion of the population, particularly in comparison to the number of residents aged 20-39, is aged between 45 and 74. This data suggests that the population of the Town of Oliver is aging, which is a consistent trend across the province.
Compared to the province, the Town of Oliver has an older population. Its 2011 median age is approximately 56.3, which is higher than the region (52.0) and significantly higher than the provincial median age (42.7). The Town of Oliver has a significantly higher percentage of residents aged 45-79 (52.5%) compared to the province (41.3%), and the percentage of the population over the age of 65 is actually double the average for the rest of the province. The percentage of the population between the ages of 15 and 45 is significantly less than the average for the rest of the province.