About Kelowna

Kelowna is part of the Regional District of Central Okanagan which also includes PeachlandLake CountryWest Kelowna and unincorporated communities on both sides of Okanagan Lake. Kelowna is the largest community in the Regional District with a population of 129,500.

In our 2017 Citizen Survey, nearly all citizens (94 per cent) rated the quality of life in Kelowna as good or very good thanks to active/recreational opportunities, safety, its accessible location, job opportunities and the great weather. As a desirable place to live, offering an active four-season lifestyle, Kelowna remains one of Canada’s fastest growing cities.

The City of Kelowna is open to opportunities, open for business and open to new ideas from diverse residents.

Kelowna population and demographic statistics

Detailed population and demographic information can be found in the 2016 census data for Kelowna.  You can find additional information through BC Stats.

The Community Trends Report examines current trends in four key areas: our people, our homes, our economy and our environment.  Each year, the Trend Report focuses on a different theme, while also providing the community a resource for basic statistical and demographic data that can be used as the foundation for organizational and program planning and development, policy analysis and community development.

Further information about how Kelowna is trending on goals established in the Official Community Plan can be found in the Official Community Plan Indicators Report.

The Provincial Health Authority publishes a Community Health Profile for the Kelowna to provide data that facilitates dialogue about community health .  The profile features data on demographics, factors that affect health,  health status and compares them to provincial averages.  

Visiting Kelowna and the Okanagan

Kelowna waterfront in the summerKelowna is located along the beautiful shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the stunning Okanagan Valley. The lake offers opportunities for boating, swimming or fishing, while nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. Golfers tee-it-up at our 13 courses, and bustling urban centres offer restaurants with delectable food, award-winning wines, craft beers and ciders, local shopping, museums, live entertainment and cultural festivals.

Our partners in tourism and economic development provide resources to enjoy the best our city and region have to offer:

Quick facts about Kelowna
  • Kelowna is home to more than 129,500 people
  • The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 198,344
  • Kelowna encompasses 214 km2 of land and 48 km2 of water area
  • Kelowna is 344 metres (1,129 feet) above sea level
  • Okanagan Lake is 110 km long
  • The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C
  • The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C; the average low is -7.7 C
  • Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm of rain
  • Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm of snow)
  • Serving 1.9 million passengers annually and offering more than 70 daily non-stop commercial flights with nine airline partners Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is one of the top 11 busiest airports in Canada. YLW’s total economic impact is 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia.
  • Kelowna General Hospital  is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern interior of B.C. with a full treatment cancer clinic
  • Kelowna is home to several local theatre groups, a symphony orchestra, museums and numerous art galleries
  • UBC Okanagan  opened in September 2005 
  • Okanagan College  offers university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses
  • The Okanagan Sunflower is the official floral emblem of Kelowna. Also known as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, the indigenous flowering plant is found only in the Okanagan area of B.C. and the Okanogan region of the state of Washington