What is the population of Saint John?

From PlanSJ documentation: Saint John’s population peaked at 89,000 in the 1970s but has experienced a steady decrease over the years. The population totaled 68,000 people in 2006. Generally speaking, population growth in Canadian cities is attributed to newcomers arriving in a city, whether born in or outside Canada. Like many smaller cities in the country, Saint John has not been attracting enough newcomers to compensate for declining birth rates and for residents moving out of the city.

Numerous factors have impacted the City’s loss of population. The most significant population loss occurred in the 1970s into the mid-1980s as a result of major infrastructure projects (such as the Saint John Throughway and the Mackay Highway extension) and the subsequent opening of new lands for development in places such as Rothesay and Quispamsis.

This period also coincided with slowing population growth at the national level. In more recent years, the population loss has slowed, but nonetheless persisted. Economic factors, higher rates of deaths than births, an aging population and the out-migration 01 youth and members of household-forming age groups have all been contributing factors in recent years. Meanwhile, the Region’s population has largely remained steady.

Between 2001 and 2006 the City’s population dropped by approximately 1,600 residents. 88% of the population loss that occurred during this time happened in the City’s urban core. The rate of population loss in the urban core was six times higher than that which occurred in the rural settlement areas and twelve times higher than the population loss that occurred in the City’s suburban neighbourhoods. In spite of this, the urban core remains the most densely populated area of the City.

Three dominant population trends are occurring in the City of Saint John: the largest age group (25 54) is shrinking; the young population (0-14) is rapidly declining; and the overall population is aging.

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