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Okanagan Valley Quick Facts


Location:

We are south centrally located in the interior of BC – approximate distances from Central Okanagan (Kelowna) to: Vancouver 396   kms (246 miles), Calgary 640 kms (379 miles) and Seattle, USA 509 kms (316 miles).  

Proximity:

We have access to over 72 million people within 2,000 kms of the Western Canadian and US Pacific Northwest markets.

 

Population:

Our population is 350,927 (estimated) and is concentrated around four urban areas, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton.

 

First Nations:

We have eight First Nations Indian Bands that provide services and facilities to their members within or closely surrounding the Okanagan:

 

Housing:

Our average house purchase prices range between $314,500 and $379,800 depending on the municipality.  

 

Income:

Our average family income was $57,351 as of the last census in 2006.    

 

Economy:

Our major economic sectors are agriculture/viticulture, tourism, retail trade, manufacturing, forestry and construction.  Emerging industries include film, aviation, health care and technology industries.    

 

Business:

We are home to 28,897 businesses with 94% employing less than 20 employees.   

 

Labour Force:

We have a labour force of 266,425 people over the age of 15.  

 

Services:

We have a number of government and business support offices including a full service passport office, Service BC locations, and a trade commissioner, 12 Chambers of Commerce, three Downtown Associations and a variety of tourism offices.   

 

Economic Development:

We have a number of economic development offices representing respective regions throughout the Valley.   




Okanagan Valley Regional Profile

For a complete profile of our Valley including detailed demographics, community information, resources and contacts, follow the link below. 

Click here for our Okanagan Valley Regional Profile

 

 

Map Source:  Creative Commons – http://wikitravel.org/en/Okanagan