Urbanites Moving Out

A five-year study of census data by BC Stats, reported on BC Local News complicates the idea that small-town people are moving into big cities.

The study looks at population flows between B.C.'s four Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs): Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Kelowna, as well as to and from the area outside CMAs.
It found that from 2001 to 2006, Vancouver saw a net outflow of 25,560 B.C. residents. All other regions saw a net gain, and communities outside the big urban centres posted the largest increase, more than 17,000 people.

The study noted that while Vancouver was the destination of choice for new Canadian residents and inter-provincial immigrants, residents of BC tend to be heading to smaller cities and into the hinterland. An interesting note, since these smaller, lower-density centres are much more likely to be built around the automobile and the burning of fossil fuels, with far less access to public transit.