Historical Trends 1891-2011
On September 23, 1892, the Municipality of Burnaby was incorporated with a resident population of over 300 persons.
The population increased to about 12,883 in 1921 and to 58,376 by 1951.
During the following decade, the population grew by an average annual rate of 7.2 percent to reach 100,157 by 1961. In the period between 1961 and 1971, the population grew at a reduced, yet significant average annual rate of 2.6 percent to 125,660 persons.
The rate of the City’s population growth decreased between 1971 and 1981. By 1981, the population had increased to 136,494 at an annual average growth rate of 0.8 percent since 1971.
Between 1981 and 2011, the population increased by 86,718. During that time, the average annual growth rate was 2.0 percent per year.
Burnaby's Population and Housing Growth 1891-2011
Dwelling Unit Growth
Despite the marked reduction in the Municipality’s population growth rate during the seventies, the increase in number of dwelling units has remained relatively steady over the years. Between 1951 and 2011, the number of dwelling units increased by roughly 70,000, or over 400 percent. However, during the same period, the population only grew by nearly 165,000 persons or over 280 percent. View the Dwelling Unit Growth Table for more detailed information.