Households & Population

Household Characteristics

According to the 2011 Census, 11,803 households are located in West Kelowna, up from 10,205 in 2006. The City of West Kelowna estimates more than 13,000 households were located in the municipality in 2016, based on property tax and utility bill roles.

The average household size was 2.6 people in 2011, down slightly from 2.7 people in 2006. The BC average per household was 2.5 persons in 2011, unchanged from 2006. Two person households were the most common household type in West Kelowna in 2011 (55.4%). Two person households are also most common in the province overall (52.1%).



According to Statistics Canada, "The median after-tax income of economic families in West Kelowna in 2010 was $68,452, the median for couple families was $71,168 and for lone-parent families, $42,517. For persons not in economic families (persons living alone or with non relatives only), the median after-tax income was $28,949. These compare to the medians in British Columbia of $67,915 for after-tax family income of all economic families, $73,063 for couple families, $40,646 for lone-parent families and $25,958 for persons living alone or without relatives."

Population and Demographics

The population of West Kelowna was 34,930 in 2016 (BC Statistics estimate), compared to 33,999 in 2014. The city's 2.7% percent annual growth rate was the among Central Okanagan municipalities in 2016 and more than double the provincial average of 1.2%.

West Kelowna is the third largest community, by population, in British Columbia's Okanagan region and the 26th largest community in the province.

West Kelowna’s estimated population density is 279 persons per square kilometre (2.8 persons per hectare), compared to the provincial average of 4.8 persons per square kilometre.

The largest population is in the age group of 40 to 59 years, with 9,375 people (30%). More than 83% of the population is aged 15 and over. The municipality's median age was 43.5 in 2011, compared to 42.7 in 2006. The median age in BC was 41.9 in 2011, compared to 40.8 in 2006.

For the full census report visit Stats Canada (West Kelowna 2011 Census Report)

For a full break down of West Kelowna demographics and statistics neighborhood by neighborhood visit the Make West Kelowna Your Home page