Powell River, British Columbia

Powell River is a city on the northern Sunshine Coast of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Most of its population lives near the eastern shores of Malaspina Strait, that part of the larger Gulf of Georgia between Texada Island and the Mainland. These geographical surroundings explain Powell River's remoteness as a community, despite a relative proximity to Vancouver and other populous areas of the BC Coast. The city is the location of the head office of the Powell River Regional District. [1]

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Overview


Population in 2006:  12,957
Population in 2001:  12,983
Population change:  -0.2%

Average property values in 2006:
Powell River $ 226,084
British Columbia $ 418,703
Canada $ 263,369


Median household income in 2005:
Powell River $ 46,777
British Columbia $ 52,709
Canada $ 53,634


Median age in 2006:
Powell River 46.8
British Columbia 40.8
Canada 39.5


Median rent in 2006:
Powell River $ 588
British Columbia $ 752
Canada $ 671


Median mortgage payment in 2006:
Powell River $ 587
British Columbia $ 876
Canada $ 839
 

Climate

Temperature Chart

Temperature January February March April May June July August September October November December
Daily Average (°C) 3 4 6 8 12 15 17 17 14 9 5 3
Daily Maximum (°C) 5 7 9 13 16 19 22 22 19 13 8 5
Daily Minimum (°C) 0 1 2 4 7 10 12 12 9 6 3 1
Canada Daily Average (°C) -10 -8 -3 4 11 15 18 17 12 6 -1 -8
Precipitation

Precipitation January February March April May June July August September October November December
Rainfall (mm) 142 107 108 81 78 74 40 45 56 133 178 144
Snowfall (mm) 19 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 17
Precipitation(mm) 161 117 113 81 78 74 40 45 56 134 186 161
 
 

Demographics

Racial Groups
Racial Groups Powell River
Total
Total Population 12,690
Total visible minority population 365
Chinese 70
South Asian 35
Black 50
Filipino 60
Latin American 15
South East American 0
Arab 0
West Asian 0
Korean 35
Japenese 75
Visibile minority, n.i.e . 0
Multiple Visible minority 10
White 12,320
 
Age characteristics
Age characteristics Powell River
Total
Total Population 12,955
0 to 4 years 545
5 to 9 years 675
10 to 14 years 845
15 to 19 years 870
20 to 24 years 480
25 to 29 years 385
30 to 34 years 550
35 to 39 years 740
40 to 44 years 1,000
45 to 49 years 1,085
50 to 54 years 1,110
55 to 59 years 1,025
60 to 64 years 875
65 to 69 years 705
70 to 74 years 650
75 to 79 years 590
80 to 84 years 445
85 years and over 375
 
 
Knowledge of languages
Knowledge of languages Powell River
Total
Total Population 12,690
English only 11,830
French only 20
English and French 820
Neither English nor French 15
 

Immigrant status
and period of immigration
Powell River
Total
Total Population 12,690
Non-immigrants 10,720
Immigrants 1,850
Non-permanent residents 115
Non-immigrants are persons who are Canadian citizens by birth. Although most Canadian citizens by birth were born in Canada, a small number were born outside Canada to Canadian parents.
Generation Status
Generation Status Powell River
Total
Total Population (Over 15) 10,625
1st generation 1,940
2nd generation 2,680
3rd generation or more 6,005
 

Income



Median income - Persons 15 years and over ($):
Powell River $ 24,444
British Columbia $ 24,867
Canada $ 25,615
Median income after tax - Persons 15 years and over ($):
Powell River $ 22,585
British Columbia $ 22,785
Canada $ 23,307
Total income refers to the total money income received from all sources during calendar year 2005 by persons 15 years and over.
After-tax income refers to total income from all sources minus federal, provincial and territorial taxes paid for 2005.

Median income in 2005 - All private households: ($):
Powell River $ 46,777
British Columbia $ 52,709
Canada $ 53,634
Median income in 2005 - Couple households with children: ($):
Powell River $ 79,761
British Columbia $ 79,509
Canada $ 82,156
Median income in 2005 - Couple households without children: ($):
Powell River $ 55,759
British Columbia $ 63,969
Canada $ 62,503
Median income in 2005 - One-person households: ($):
Powell River $ 23,588
British Columbia $ 27,773
Canada $ 26,720
Private household refers to a person or a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy the same dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada. It may consist of a family group (census family) with or without other persons, of two or more families sharing a dwelling, of a group of unrelated persons, or of one person living alone. Household members who are temporarily absent on Census Day (e.g., temporary residents elsewhere) are considered as part of their usual household. For census purposes, every person is a member of one and only one household. Unless otherwise specified, all data in household reports are for private households only.

Median after-tax income in 2005 - All private households: ($):
Powell River $ 41,136
British Columbia $ 46,472
Canada $ 46,584
Median after-tax income in 2005 - Couple households with children: ($):
Powell River $ 67,452
British Columbia $ 68,639
Canada $ 69,711
Median after-tax income in 2005 - Couple households without children: ($):
Powell River $ 49,462
British Columbia $ 55,748
Canada $ 53,667
Median after-tax income in 2005 - One-person households: ($):
Powell River $ 21,718
British Columbia $ 24,987
Canada $ 23,888
 

Households




Median rent in 2006:
Powell River $ 588
British Columbia $ 752
Canada $ 671


Median mortgage payment in 2006:
Powell River $ 587
British Columbia $ 876
Canada $ 839
Occupied private dwelling types
Occupied private dwelling characteristics - as a % of total occupied private dwellings Powell River
Single-detached houses 76%
Semi-detached houses 4%
Row houses 1%
Apartments, duplex 3%
Apartments in buildings with fewer than five storeys 14%
Apartments in buildings with five or more storeys 0%
Other dwellings 1%
 
Household characteristics
Household characteristics Powell River
Households containing a couple (married or common-law) with children 1,305
Households containing a couple (married or common-law) without children 1,950
One-person households 1,780
Other households types 650
 
Mobility status - Place of residence 5 years ago
Mobility status - Place of residence 5 years ago Powell River
Total population 5 years and over 12,140
Lived at the same address 5 years ago 7,200
Lived within the same province or territory 5 years ago, but changed addresses within the same census subdivision (municipality) 2,810
Lived within the same province or territory 5 years ago, but changed addresses from another census subdivision (municipality) within the same province or territory 1,330
Lived in a different province or territory 5 years ago 530
Lived in a different country 5 years ago 270
 

Education


Educational attainment
Educational attainment Powell River
Total population 15 years and over 10,885
No certificate, diploma or degree 2,650
High school certificate or equivalent 2,975
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 1,605
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 2,015
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level 295
University certificate, diploma or degree 1,080
 
Major field of study
Major field of study Powell River
Total population 15 years and over 10,885
No postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree 5,630
Education 495
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 175
Humanities 175
Social and behavioural sciences and law 355
Business, management and public administration 685
Physical and life sciences and technologies 160
Mathematics, computer and information sciences 145
Architecture, engineering, and related technologies 1,415
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 175
Health, parks, recreation and fitnes 845
Personal, protective and transportation services 380
Other 0
 
Location of study
Location of study Powell River
Total population 15 years and over 10,885
No postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree 5,625
Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree 4,995
Inside Canada 4,320
Outside Canada 675
 

Employment


Labour force activity
Labour force activity Powell River
Total population 15 years and over 10,885
In the labour force 5,895
Employed 5,480
Unemployed 415
Not in the labour force 4,730
Participation rate 56
Employment rate 52
Unemployment rate 7
 
Employment rate
Participatiion Rate:
Powell River 56
British Columbia 66
Canada 67

Employment rate:
Powell River 52
British Columbia 62
Canada 62

Unemployment rate:
Powell River 7
British Columbia 6
Canada 7
 
Participation rate - Refers to the labour force in the week (Sunday to Saturday) prior to Census Day (May 16, 2006), expressed as a percentage of the population 15 years and over excluding institutional residents.
Occupation for males
Occupation for males Powell River
Total experienced labour force 15 years and over 2,960
Management occupations 305
Business, finance and administration occupations 105
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 255
Health occupations 85
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion 125
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 45
Sales and service occupations 515
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 985
Occupations unique to primary industry 300
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities 250
 
Occupation for females
Occupation for females Powell River
Total experienced labour force 15 years and over 2,825
Management occupations 220
Business, finance and administration occupations 610
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 30
Health occupations 355
Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion 335
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 55
Sales and service occupations 1,065
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 50
Occupations unique to primary industry 70
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities 30
 
Industry for males
Industry for males Powell River
Total experienced labour force 15 years and over 2,960
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 345
Construction 395
Manufacturing 600
Wholesale trade 35
Retail trade 320
Finance and real estate 70
Health care and social services 145
Educational services 95
Business services 530
Other services 415
 
Industry for females
Industry for females Powell River
Total experienced labour force 15 years and over 2,820
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 80
Construction 35
Manufacturing 85
Wholesale trade 20
Retail trade 515
Finance and real estate 180
Health care and social services 595
Educational services 280
Business services 335
Other services 700
 
Language used most often at work
Language used most often at work Powell River
Total population 15 years and over who worked since 2005 6,580
English 6,485
French 40
Non-official language 30
English and French 0
English and non-official language 20
French and non-official language 0
English, French and non-official language 0
 
Mode of transportation to work
Car, truck, van, as driver:
Powell River 3,990
British Columbia 1,353,790
Canada 10,644,330

Car, truck, van, as passenger:
Powell River 415
British Columbia 145,840
Canada 1,133,145

Public transit:
Powell River 75
British Columbia 195,145
Canada 1,622,725

Walked or bicycled:
Powell River 475
British Columbia 167,650
Canada 1,134,805

All other modes:
Powell River 75
British Columbia 27,620
Canada 179,250
 

Election Results

40th General Federal Election (2008)

Powell River includes the following Electoral Districts:
Nanaimo--Alberni
West Vancouver--Sunshine Coast--Sea to Sky Country

Electoral results for all districts in Powell River:
Conservative:45.64%
Green:13.21%
Liberal:17.68%
NDP:23.2%
Other:0.27%
 

Crime

No data available

Source information:

* Weather data sourced from Environment Canada (http://www.ec.gc.ca)

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