Kimberley's population grows by 11.6%
The population of the City of Kimberley has grown 11.6% since 2011 or nearly 800 people from 6,652 to 7,425 according to the 2016 Census.
Nationally the population rose 5%. Provincially the population rose 5.6%. Within the East Kootenay region are several stand outs, including Fernie growing 18%, Invermere growing 14.8%, and nearby Cranbrook growing 3.6%.
Mayor Don McCormick says the growth is positive all around.
“When the population grows it means new revenue for the City, which takes pressure off existing tax payers,” he said. “It validates what we have been feeling. Downtown businesses are reporting good years, building permits are up, school populations are up. The census simply validates it.
Seeing such growth validates the regional strategies the City of Kimberley has been pursuing as well, the Mayor said, such as the Cranbrook Kimberley Development Initiative. “What we are seeing is not just retirees but a lot of new, young families.
Population is the single greatest indicator of long-term community health. Population growth creates demand for property and supports the value of property assessments that are the municipal tax base; provides consumers for small businesses; as well as social capital such as volunteers that supports the fabric of the community.
When the mine closed in 2001 there were folks who thought this town might pack up. Growth since then has proven that the combination of people, natural resources, amenities and opportunities make Kimberley a good place to be.