Rossland’s population decreased by an estimated 0.8 per cent in 2015, according to BC Stats.
The city’s population fell from 3,604 in 2014 to 3,575 in 2015, for a total of 29 fewer Rosslanders.
Rossland saw small population increases over the last two years, with an increase of 0.1 per cent between 2012 and 2013, and an increase of 0.5 per cent between 2013 and 2014. This year’s decrease puts the population below even the 2012 population (3,582 people), the lowest population in the previous four years.
In comparison, Nelson’ population increased by 3.2 per cent (333 people) in 2015, Castlegar’s increased by 1.8 per cent (144 people), and Trail’s increased by o.3 per cent (20 people).
Overall, the Kootenay-Boundary’s population (including Rossland and Trail) decreased by 2.3 per cent in 2015, with Fruitvale seeing the biggest growth at 0.6 per cent (12 people) and unincorporated areas seeing the biggest loss with a 6.4 per cent decrease (568).