Demographics & Population

Kimberley's immediate population in the 2011 census is 6,723. There are 3,454 private residences, with 2,979 of those residences occupied by usual residents.

Between the 2006 and 2011 censuses, Kimberley's population grew 8.4%. Over the same time frame the population of kids aged 0 - 4 grew 54%. Population growth is projected to continue in Kimberley and the surrounding area, according to B.C. Stats. About 1,000 additional residents are expected over the next 15 years.

The B.C. Stats projections are based on community demographics as well as recent growth patterns. It is certainly possible that as Kimberley continues to evolve, the slow growth of the past decade will be surpassed by an influx of more new residents, attracted by the spectacular quality of life and a wide range of economic opportunities.

The Kimberley area's population profile was older than the rest of the East Kootenay region and British Columbia . Kimberley's median age of 46.8 years was six years older than the provincial median of 40.8 years.

This age profile is a reflection of several things. Firstly, the traditional mining labour force was older than in many other industries, so as the Kimberley economy diversifies into other industries the age of its labour force should move toward the provincial average. Secondly, the community’s high quality of life, inviting community spirit, and pleasant climate make it a popular retirement location. Most residents do not leave the community to retire elsewhere. Kimberley is increasingly a popular retirement destination for newcomers, including many from the United Kingdom.

The average household size in the Kimberley area is 2.1 people, slightly smaller than the East Kootenay regional average of 2.3 and the B.C. provincial average of 2.5. This is a reflection of the slightly older age profile discussed above.

There is a diverse language capability in the Kimberley labour market. In addition to English, there are several hundred French and German speakers. Other languages represented in Kimberley include a variety of eastern and western European languages as well as Japanese.