People & Population Data
People and Population Data
The People of Oliver
Most discussions about people of a community begins with the obvious question: How many people are there? The Town of Oliver's year 2008 population, estimated by BC Stats is 4,564 people. The surrounding rural area has approximately 4,000 people again, for a total community population of about 8,500.
The early 1990's saw remarkable population growth in Oliver, reaching a peak growth rate of 5% per year. In subsequent years, the population has remained steady, with minor increases and decreases of less than 1% per year until 2006. In 2007 and 2008, Oliver experienced an average growth of about 2% per year.
Future population growth is more difficult to estimate. The chart below illustrates Oliver's population since 1986 and provides three estimates for future growth. The magenta line shows growth rate projected by BC Stats for the local School District, applied to the Town of Oliver. School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) comprises the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Okanagan Falls and the rural areas in between. This projection is very modest, suggesting a total growth of less than 500 people in Oliver over the next 30 years.
In future years, regional growth is expected to be directed away from rural areas into existing serviced communities such as Oliver, as set out in the Regional District's Regional Growth Strategy documents (not yet adopted.) If this strategy is successfully implemented, population growth within the Town of Oliver is expected to exceed the rates projected for the SchoolDistrict as a whole.
The yellow and cyan lines on the above chart show the effects of 1% and 2% annual growth rates, respectively. Of the three lines provided, a sustained annual growth rate near 1% is most likely (yellow line).
Oliver's age distribution differs significantly from that of the rest of British Columbia. As illustrated in the following graph, the percent of Oliver's population between the ages of 15 and 45 is significantly less than the same age group in the rest of the province. Similarly, OIiver's percent of people over 65 is more than double the provincial percentage.
The above chart also illustrates that the age of Oliver's population continues to increase. The magenta line shows that in the 2006 census Oliver had smaller proportions of 30 to 40 year olds and more 55 to 65 yerar olds that in 2001, shown in the dark blue line.
For more details, you can download the above charts and a spreadsheet of population and age distributions in Microsoft Excel format.