Population Change

Population growth is generally an indication of a healthy and prosperous economy. It can indicate that a region is desirable and is attracting people to live there. Increased population also provides economic opportunities for new and existing businesses. However, growth is not a panacea, and can bring with it additional concerns and strain existing resources. Erratic growth, no-growth, or long-term decline in population is generally an indication of a struggling economy. Population should be tracked over time and compared against similar regions.


The population change map shows how population has changed from 2010 to 2017. Selecting a region of interest on the map will also show population changes by age group (bottom left) and over time (bottom right).

Questions to ask of the data…

  • Are there areas with population increases and decreases? How significant are these changes? How does the change vary by age group?

  • Does the change follow a consistent trend or was there a sudden change?

  • How has population change compared to other regions? What do you think has caused this change?

  • Have there been any surprises, such as a specific region that has grown or declined faster than anticipated? Why do you think this is so?

  • Does this information support popular perceptions?