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Below is some interesting information from the Sechelt Official Community Plan dated March 2010:
The quality of life on the Sunshine Coast, and relative affordability compared to more urban areas of the Lower Mainland, make Sechelt attractive to many retirees seeking a high qualify of life in a smaller community. For these reasons, the rate of growth in Sechelt has exceeded the provincial average. In the census period 1986 through 1991 there was rapid growth (over 30%).
The population has effectively doubled since 1986, with some 4500 new residents during the twenty-year period (1986 - 2006). Sechelt now has a population of some 9200 residents. Sechelt is the largest municipality on the Sunshine Coast, representing 31% of the total 29,951 population.
Here are a few interesting facts from the 2006 census about the Aging Population:
* Sechelt has a median age of 50.7, some 10 years higher than the provincial median age of 40.8 years
* Sechelt has as many residents over age 85 as it does preschoolers (0 - 4 years)
* There is a substantially lower percentage of young adults aged 20-29 in Sechelt (6.6%) compared to BC (12.4%), as well as fewer in the 'young family' age group of 30-44, which is only 15% of Sechelt's population compared to 21.4% in BC
* Sechelt has close to double the percentage of seniors over age 65 (25.3%) compared to BC (14.6%).
*Sechelt has balanced male and female populations in all age groups.
It is important for a residents to know about their community and what plans are for the future. The Sunshine Coast is a wonderful community for all ages of people but as a higher than average percentage of our communities are older, community planning must take this into consideration. Such things as health care, community service, transportation, and affordable single level housing that is close to amenities and services.
Thinking of investing in property? These stats may be important for you to consider as to what types of homes will be in high demand as the years go by. Is the Sunshine Coast a good location for investment... yes, there is a growing population that will always need housing. But remember, when investing, you need to consider who your target market will be for the future sale of your investment and shop accordingly.
Give us a call and we would be happy to sit down with you and listen to your ideas and plans for home and property investment.
Shay and Barbie
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Shay 604 989.9888
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