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Pemberton & Area Statistics

The Village of Pemberton and Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District are located within the unceded territory of Lil’wat Nation, and honour the language, culture and history of the Lil’wat7ul. In this snapshot of the region, we hope you’ll find greater insight into the attributes, character and opportunities of our community. The Pemberton + District Chamber is proud to collaborate with the Village of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Lil’wat Nation to showcase the latest data, and to work together to ensure we grow into one of the most livable communities in BC.

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Population

  • CURRENT POPULATION
Population 5707 Source Stats Canada
Population Pemberton 2573 AreaC 1663 Lilwat/IR 1670
  • STRONGER TOGETHER: THE POWER OF THREE
  • 10 YEARS OF STEADY GROWTH
  • A YOUNG & DYNAMIC DEMOGRAPHIC
  • REGIONAL FUN FACTS
Did You Know?
  • This region dispenses 72,000 dog poop bags a year.
  • This region has one of the most active library using populations in the province.
  • This region ships out enough seed potatoes each spring to keep all of Canada in spuds.
  • This region has the most active female mountain bike riding population in the Sea to Sky.
  • This region is home to the Laoyam Eagles Dragonboat Team, the winningest crew in BC for 20 years.
  • This region is home to the Xetolcaw Community School, the second First Nations band-run school in Canada.
  • This region is home to the first Slow Food Cycle.
  • This region is home to one of the longest-running and most popular rodeos in the West, the Lillooet Lake Rodeo.
  • This region had the largest volcanic eruption in Canada in the last 10,000 years, when Mt Meager blew 2400 years ago.
  • HIGHER EDUCATION
University 1 in 5 Source Stats Canada
Did You Know?
21% of the local population has a Bachelors, Masters or earned doctorate.


Housing & Affordability

  • HOUSING SUPPLY
Total Housing 2425 Sources: Stats Canada
Total Dwellings Pemberton 1028 Area C 964 Lilwat/IR 433
  • HOUSING BY AREA
  • MEDIAN HOME PRICE
  • CONSTRUCTION VALUE
  • Building Permits
  • AFFORDABILITY
Monthly Shelter Costs: Renter $1,136 Source Stats Canada
Monthly Shelter Costs: Owner $1,578 Source: Stats Canada

Business & Employment

  • MEDIAN INCOME
Median Income $30,968 Source Stats Canada
Income Pemberton $40832 Area C $34880 Lilwat/IR $17192
  • AT HOME WORKERS
  • EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
By Industry
  • Total Workforce
    Pemberton:1730
    Area C:1045
    Lilwat/IR:400
  • Farming & Forestry
    Pemberton:80
    Area C:105
    Lilwat/IR:40
  • Extractive Industries
    Pemberton:0
    Area C:15
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Utilities
    Pemberton:10
    Area C:0
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Construction
    Pemberton:310
    Area C:160
    Lilwat/IR:45
  • Manufacturing
    Pemberton:25
    Area C:35
    Lilwat/IR:15
  • Wholesale
    Pemberton:30
    Area C:15
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Retail
    Pemberton:125
    Area C:105
    Lilwat/IR:35
  • Transport
    Pemberton:50
    Area C:35
    Lilwat/IR:15
  • Culture
    Pemberton:10
    Area C:15
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Insurance
    Pemberton:25
    Area C:0
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Real Estate
    Pemberton:80
    Area C:20
    Lilwat/IR:10
  • Science and Tech
    Pemberton:120
    Area C:65
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Management
    Pemberton:0
    Area C:0
    Lilwat/IR:0
  • Admin
    Pemberton:105
    Area C:60
    Lilwat/IR:25
  • Public Admin
    Pemberton:90
    Area C:60
    Lilwat/IR:55
  • Education
    Pemberton:100
    Area C:65
    Lilwat/IR:40
  • Health
    Pemberton:90
    Area C:55
    Lilwat/IR:35
  • Recreation
    Pemberton:80
    Area C:55
    Lilwat/IR:25
  • Tourism (Food and Accomm)
    Pemberton:325
    Area C:130
    Lilwat/IR:45
  • Other
    Pemberton:75
    Area C:50
    Lilwat/IR:15
  • LOCAL BUSINESS
2017 – 153 Members
  • Accommodation :4%
    Activities/Recreation:7%
    Agriculture:3%
  • Non Profit :9%
    Construction :8%
    Entertainment :2%
  • Food & Beverage:8%
    Government:3%
    Health & Wellness:4%
  • Individuals:3%
    Development & real estate:8%
    Retail:13% Services:29%
  • COMMUTER TOWN
  • A PLACE TO GET HITCHED
Brides Per Year 80 Source Pemberton Wedding
Tourism Report 2015
Did You Know?
Destination weddings generate $5.1 million in direct spending annually, 4% of Pemberton Valley’s total GDP.


Colour & Character

  • STOPLIGHTS
Stoplights 1 Yup: Just One
Did You Know?
This is a real-time webcam image of the single stoplight in Pemberton BC courtesy of DriveBC.


  • BABY BOOM: ANNUAL BIRTH RATE
2017 Births 77 Source: Vancouver, Coastal Health
Did You Know?
Due to high birth rate in region, Pemberton has a large number of early child support services.


  • STUDENT POPULATION
Students 902 Source: SD48, SD93,XCS
Did You Know?
In all indicators, Pemberton kindergarten kids are doing better than the provincial average in their emotional, cognitive and physical dev.


  • WILD CRITTERS
Bird Species 81 Source: BioBlitz and the
Pemberton Bird Count
Did You Know?
501 other species share this habitat, 60% of which are plants and insects.


  • BEE POPULATION
Bee Population 3M+ Source: Guess-work*
Did You Know?
Almost 80 colonies of honey-bees are tended by more than 20 bee-keepers, pollinating and generating 1400 pounds of local honey.


  • FEASTING IN THE STREETS
Crabapple Project 23 Trees Source: Stewardship Pemberton
Did You Know?
The annual production of community harvested crabapple jelly is 3300 jars from 2900 lbs of fruit.


  • BIKE OBSESSED
Favourite Activity Biking We Love Our Bikes
Did You Know?
There are more bikes per capita than any other vehicle.


  • HOME GROWN FOOD LOVE
Farms 94 Source Stats Canada
Did You Know?
40% of Pemberton’s farmers are women (12% higher than the national average)


  • LIBRARY LOVERS
Items Loaned 80,739 Source Pemberton Library
2017
Did You Know?
The Pemb. Library has the highest circulation per capita amongst small communities in BC and ranks high for avid library use.


Pemberton & Area Data Downloads

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It Takes a Village: Pemberton Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy 2019-2023

A 27-page assessment conducted by SparcBC for the Village of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and Sea to Sky Community Services Society, April 11 2019, into the childcare needs for the community, reports that. Unfortunately, the report only relied on population data for the Village of Pemberton and did not include population data for Area C – which suggests that the childcare crisis is even direr than reported in these facts, as there are no more spaces available in Area C, but an additional population base of 1606 people, (not including Lil’wat and N’Quatqua First Nations,) who also rely on Pemberton-based childcare spaces and services. Key findings revealed that the Village of Pemberton has only 12.5 spaces available for every 100 children aged 0-12 years – below the provincial average of 18.4 spaces per 100 children and below the ratio of 20 spaces per 100 children enjoyed in Squamish, of 24 per 100 in North Vancouver and 25.6 per 100 in West Vancouver. There are 73 licensed child care spaces in Pemberton to serve a community with 245 children aged 0-4 and 300 children aged 5-12. 90% of survey respondents think the availability of childcare is inadequate. Population growth estimates and specific targets are explored with 19 recommendations made, in order to improve the situation within 5 years.

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The Economic Impacts of Pemberton-SLRD Area C Tourism 2019

An economic impact study, dated April 24 2019, commissioned by Tourism Pemberton, to quantify the economic benefit of tourism for Pemberton and Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, indicates the total impact to be $31.2 million, with over 2/3 of the benefits staying in the region.

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Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, October 9 2019

Notes from the 11th quarterly gathering of the Economic Development Collaborative, held at the Village of Pemberton office, at which new Pemberton Area Economic Strategy and Plan Project Manager, Veronica Woodruff presented her outline for the project and recommended the selection of a contractor to help develop the strategy which will be completed for August 2020. Also discussed were the roles and responsibility of all the parties involved. Other updates shared include the official opening of the new Lil’wat Gas Station, completion of downtown revitalization and roadworks in the Village of Pemberton, Orange Shirt Day, SLRD’s alternative approach process for a new Arts Culture and Recreation Service and an Economic Development Service, suspension of the Rural Dividend Fund. Results of the Economic Impact on Tourism are now public. Discussion regarding the Village of Pemberton’s RFP for an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan and how it relates to this process led by the Collaborative now underway.

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Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, July 10 2019

Notes from the 10th quarterly gathering of the Economic Development Collaborative, held at the Village of Pemberton office. Updates include a suggested action plan for Community Economic Development Strategy, the launch of N’Quatqua’s fish hatchery, downtown Pemberton Enhancement project updates and discussion of Tourism Pemberton’s forthcoming Economic Impact Study of Tourism.

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Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, April 3 2019

Notes from the 9th quarterly gathering of the Economic Development Collaborative, held at the Village of Pemberton office. Discussion revolved around the successful award of $100,000 grant from BC Rural Dividend Fund to launch a Community Economic Development Strategy and Plan.

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Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, December 12, 2018

Notes from the 8th quarterly gathering of the Economic Development Collaborative, held at the Village of Pemberton office. This was the first meeting to take place following the 2018 municipal elections. Updates include the re-opening of Tsi’pun Grocery Store, Tourism Pemberton’s pursuit of an Economic Impact Study, closure of the Village of Pemberton downtown washrooms, new street banner initiative to feature Lil’wat artist Levi Nelson, progress of the Nuk’w7antwal Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Spel’kumtn Community Forest Update, and forthcoming provincial funding options.

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