Williams Lake saw a .5 per cent increase in its population in 2014.

Williams Lake saw a .5 per cent increase in its population in 2014.

Cariboo cities and towns holding their own population wise

Cities and towns in the Cariboo Region experienced a slight population increase or remained the same in 2014.

Cities and towns in the Cariboo Region experienced a slight population increase or remained the same in 2014.

According to BC Stats population estimates, the 2014 population of the Cariboo Regional District was 63,111, a .4 per cent increase from 2013’s 62,885.

Williams Lake’s population increased by .5 percent in 2014 to 11,003 from 10,943 in 2013, although in 2011 the population was at 11,164.

100 Mile House saw a .3 per cent increase, going from 1,884 in 2013 to 1,889 in 2014 and Quesnel’s population increased by .1 per cent with 9,806 people in 2014, up from 9,801 in 2013.

While the Cariboo’s unincorporated area saw the population increase by .4 per cent, climbing to 40,179 in 2014 from 40.023 in 2013, the community of Wells’s 2013 population of 234 remained intact in 2014.

Among municipalities with populations fewer than 5,000 people, Sun Peaks Mountain reported the highest growth rate — 4.9 per cent —  from 2013 to 2014. That percentage translates into 21 additional people.

“A population estimate is a measure of the current or historical population,” BC Stats noted on its website. “These estimates are consistent in aggregate with the Statistics Canada produced annual (July 1) provincial level totals.”