Households & Population

Household Characteristics

According to the 2016 Census, 12,437 private dwellings are located in West Kelowna, up from 11,803 in 2011 and 10,205 in 2006. The City of West Kelowna estimates more than 13,000 households were located in the municipality in 2016, based on property tax and utility bill roles.

Single-detached houses represented 70.2% of all occupied private dwellings in 2016.


Household Characteristics

According to Statistics Canada in 2016:

  • 8.4% of adults were living as singles; 66.8% were couples; and, 4.6% were single parents
  • 84.4% of couples were married; 15.6% were common law
  • 34.8% of young adults, aged 20 to 34, were living with a parent or parents, compared to 32.1% in 2011
  • Among couple census families, 55.9% had no children; 44.1% did


City of West Kelowna households have the highest median total income of any jurisdiction in the Central Okangan, according to Statistics Canada. Figures from the latest census indicated that, in 2015, the median total income of households in West Kelowna was $83,942, an increase of 16.9 per cent from $71,806 in 2005. The median total household incomes in other Central Okanagan jurisdictions in 2015 were:

  • Kelowna, $68,627
  • Lake Country, $83,243
  • Peachland, $72,294
  • West and east (rural) electoral areas combined, $76,208
  • Westbank First Nation Tsinstikeptum 9 and 10 combined, $65,484

Population and Demographics

The population of West Kelowna was 32,655 in 2016 (2016 Census, Statistics Canada), compared to 30,902 in 2011 - an increase of 5.7%. The city's growth rate is higher than the provincial average (5.6%) and the national average (5%).

West Kelowna is the fourth largest community, by population, in British Columbia's Okanagan region and the 27th most populous community in the province.

West Kelowna’s estimated population density is 264.4 persons per square kilometre (2.6 persons per hectare), compared to the provincial average of 5 persons per square kilometre.

The largest population is in the age group of 45 to 59 years, with 7,400 people (23%). More than 84% of the population is aged 15 and over. The municipality's median age was 43.1 in 2016, compared to 43.5 in 2011. The median age in BC was 42.3 in 2016 compared to 41.9 in 2011.

More Information

For the full census report visit:

For a full breakdown of West Kelowna demographics and statistics by neighbourhood (based on the 2011 Census) visit: