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Kelowna is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people.

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 over 143,000.

Recent outcomes of the Citizen Survey rate the quality of life in Kelowna as good or very good thanks to how safe the City is, its accessible location, the active/recreational and job opportunities available 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.

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 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 and health status, and compares them to provincial averages.  

Kelowna demographic information
2020 Citizen Survey
Community Trends Report

Each year, the Community Trends Report focuses on a different theme, while also providing the community with 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.

Visiting Kelowna and the Okanagan

Kelowna waterfront in the summer

Kelowna 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 14 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 143,000 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 over two million passengers annually and offering more than 70 daily non-stop commercial flights with 10 airline partners, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is one of the top 10 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
  • More than 23,000 post-secondary students are enrolled at the UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College Kelowna campuses combined
  • The technology sector has a $1.6 billion economic impact in the region
  • 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