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Census 2021: More 100-year-olds in New Westminster, across B.C.

Women far outnumber men among centenarians.
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New Westminster had more centenarians in 2021 than in the previous census – a trend that's true in the Vancouver region and in B.C.

New Westminster had more centenarians in 2021 than it did five years earlier, Canadian census data shows.

The latest release from Statistics Canada shows there were 25 people aged 100+ in New Westminster in 2021: 20 women and five men. In the previous census in 2016, there were just 20 centenarians, all women.

The same trend holds true across the region. The Vancouver census metropolitan area (which encompasses the areas from Langley to Lions Bay) had 820 centenarians in 2021, up from 740 in 2016 — an increase of 10.8%.

The province of B.C. had 1,515 folks aged 100+ in 2021, up from 1,325 in 2016 — a 14.3% increase.

Canada-wide, the number of residents aged 100+ rose from 8,230 in 2016 to 9,535 in 2021, a 15.9% increase.

In all cases, the increase eclipsed the population growth as a whole for the same time period. Between 2016 and 2021, the Vancouver census metropolitan area saw a 7.3% increase in population; B.C. saw a 7.6% increase in population; and Canada saw a 5.2% increase.

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