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 of Commerce 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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  • Current Population
Population 5707 Source: Stats Canada
Population Pemberton 2574 Area C 1663 Lilwat/IR 1670
  • Stronger Together: The Power of Three
  • 10 Years of Steady Growth
  • A Young & Dynamic Demographic
  • Regional Fun Facts
  • 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 Source: 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
  • 53% of people spending over 30% of their income on housing

Business & Employment

  • Median Income
Median Income $30,968 Source: Stats Canada
Income Pemberton $40,832 Area C $34,880 Lilwat/IR $17,192
  • At Home Workers
  • Employment by Industry
  • Total Workforce

    Area C:1045
  • Farming & Forestry

    Area C:105
  • Extractive Industries

    Area C:15
  • Utilities

    Area C:0
  • Construction

    Area C:160
  • Manufacturing

    Area C:35
  • Wholesale

    Area C:15
  • Retail

    Area C:105
  • Transport

    Area C:35
  • Culture

    Area C:15
  • Insurance

    Area C:0
  • Real Estate

    Area C:20
  • Science and Tech

    Area C:65
  • Management

    Area C:0
  • Admin

    Area C:60
  • Public Admin

    Area C:60
  • Education

    Area C:65
  • Health

    Area C:55
  • Recreation

    Area C:55
  • Tourism (Food and Accomm)

    Area C:130
  • Other

    Area C:50
  • Local Business
  • Accommodation:4%
  • Non Profit:9%
  • Food & Beverage:8%
    Health & Wellness:4%
  • Individuals:3%
    Development & real estate:8%
  • 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.

  • * Bees are unreliable filing forms, this # fluctuates wildly
  • 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
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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Economic Development Collaborative Terms of Reference 2018 Established in 2017, the purpose of the Pemberton Area Economic Development Collaborative is to share information, build relationships and collaboratively explore and facilitate economic development opportunities within the Pemberton Area. Meetings are held quarterly with the following organizations currently participating: Village of Pemberton, Lil'wat Nation, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Area C, Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Pemberton, N'Quatqua and the Lower Stl'atl'imx Tribal Council.
Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, October 2, 2018 Notes from October 2, 2018, Pemberton Area Economic Development Collaboration meeting, held at Ts'zil Learning Centre, including an update regarding the submission of a $100,000 funding request from the fifth intake of the BC Rural Dividend Program.
Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, July 4, 2018 Pemberton Area Economic Development Collaboration Meeting Notes. July 4, 2018 - 9:30am. Meeting held at Lil'wat Nation Council Chambers.
Economic Development Collaborative Meeting Notes, April 3 2018 Meeting notes from April 3 meeting, which introduced Wendy Koh to group as new Manager of Regional Economic Operations, and brainstormed future Rural Dividend Fund grant application ideas.
Wedding Tourism in the Pemberton Valley:
Economic Impact and Sustainability Analysis 2015
July 2015 report commissioned by the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce on growth of destination weddings in Pemberton and the sizable economic impact of wedding tourists and spending on the regional economy.
Mountain Biking Economic Impact Study - 2017 May 2017 report produced by the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association identifies mountain biking as a small but important outdoor activity in Pemberton and a real boost to the economy, with out of town riders injecting $1.1 million to the local economy, supporting 6.5 Pemberton jobs. Survey tracked visitor origin, visitor spending, riding party size and gender, skill level, overnight accommodation, length of stay, overall riding experience, net promoter score and the overall importance of trails in the decision to live in Pemberton.
BC Chamber Collective Perspective 2017 High level summary of economic trends affecting business in British Columbia, based on survey conducted October to November 2017, exploring optimism, revenue sources for BC businesses, cost of housing, taxes, NAFTA, and Kinder Morgan.
Pemberton Valley Area Agricultural Plan 2008 Pemberton Valley Land Use inventory 2009, and analysis of the Pemberton land base and agricultural sector. The Plan area covers all Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) lands in Area C between the north end of Pemberton Meadows, and the west end of Lillooet Lake.
Early Development Indicators 2017 Early Years Development Instrument report produced by the Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health; October 2016. This Community Profile for School District 48 (Sea to Sky) reveals data on local kindergarten population and competencies, vulnerabilities and trends over time in emotional maturity, physical health and wellbeing, social competence, language and cognitive development, communication skills and general knowledge, to create a picture of early childhood development.
Pemberton Bio Blitz Results 2017 Biodiversity and species counts and lists from the June 3 2017 Bioblitz survey of Riverside Wetlands, Pemberton Creek Dyke, Mosquito Lake and Industrial park and hillsides, which identified 501 species of insects, invertebrates and vertebrates, fungus and plants cohabiting in the Pemberton region. Also includes the 40th annual Pemberton Breeding Bird survey results.
Birds of Pemberton A checklist of commonly identified bird species in the Pemberton area, compiled by the Pemberton Wildlife Association.
Lil'wat Nation Annual Report 2017 With a theme of Celebration, the Lil'wat Nation reports on successes and plans for the community for 2017.
Village of Pemberton Affordable Housing Strategy 2017 In 2017, Village of Pemberton recognizes that Pemberton is facing a critical time in home ownership affordability and availability of rental units in the market. This threatens to undermine the Village's ability to retain employees by driving out young people and making it harder to attract employees to the Region. Discussion, background reports, strategies and options are discussed in this report to Council of September 2017, starting page 33.
Village of Pemberton Agricultural Parks Master Plan 2016 Soil resports and suitability assessments of agricultural land under ownership of the Village of Pemberton, proposed as a community agricultural park.
SLRD Regional Growth Strategy:
Population, Employment and Dwelling Units, Projections 2017
Demographic analyses, economic base analyses, population projections, employment projections and private occupied dwelling unit projections and growth scenarios conducted by Urbanics Consulting for the SLRD.
Pemberton RCMP 2017 Annual Crime Statistics Community crime and safety data showing 5 year trends in calls for service, violent offences, criminal charges laid, property crime, drug seizures and traffic accidents, between 2013 and 2017.
Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study Report - October 2017 A detailed analysis of proposed new and expanded transit service connecting communities in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Building on the Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan, which was completed in early 2016, the Sea to Sky Transit Corridor Study focused on potential ridership, service levels, routes and fares for regional and interregional services. Supporting infrastructure, governance and funding considerations were also explored. The work was undertaken by BC Transit, in collaboration with the SLRD, District of Squamish, RMOW, Village of Pemberton, Lil'wat Nation and Squamish Nation. BC transit also worked alongside the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Translink as part of the project. The study proposes providing 15,000 annual hours of transit service to the corridor - six round trips on weekdays and four round trips on weekends between Whistler, Squamish and Metro Vancouver, where passengers would be able to transfer to the TransLink system. The study also proposes adding two new daily round trips to the existing service between Pemberton Valley and Whistler. Next step is for the province of BC and Sea to Sky local government partners to establish a committee of senior officials to review and develop a governance and funding model, after which service implementation work can begin.
Transit Future Plan - Sea to Sky 2015: BC Transit Executive Summary of the 2015 Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan, the 25 year strategic plan for regional transit and a vision for 2040. The Plan recommended the Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study be undertaken as a step towards addressing 2020 service goals.