2011 saw the most births in B.C. since 1998, population rises slightly
A recently-released 2011 annual report from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency highlights trends and notes the population has increased slightly.
Residents of B.C. are also living longer while cancer continues to be the leading cause of death.
The 2011 population in B.C. stood at 4,573,321, which was 43,647 more than the previous year’s 4,529,674.
There were 43,991 babies born the province in 2011 which is the greatest number since 1998. The rate of birth, however, came down from 9.64 in 2010 to 9.62.
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The most popular baby names during the same year were Liam and Ethan for boys and Emma and Olivia for girls.
Life expectancy between 2007 and 2011 also increased slightly by 0.3 years. The average lifespan during this period was 82 years, up from 81.7 years during 2006-10.
With over 25 people succumbing to cancer everyday on average, it was the biggest cause of death in the province in 2011.
The number of people dying in the province increased slightly from 31,151 in 2010 to 31,776.
The number of people dying from HIV/AIDS, however, continues to decline. It dropped from 253 in 1996 to 59.
Category: British Columbia