The District of Mission is located in the Fraser Valley Regional District. Other municipalities within the Regional District include Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Kent and several unincorporated areas. The region is the 3rd most populous district in British Columbia with a population in excess of 260,000. Over the past 20 years the Regional District has increased in size by more than 100,000 people.
Mission itself has had a steady annual growth rate averaging over 3.0% over the past 35 years (Figure 2.12). Mission has an estimated 2006 population of over 35,000. Upon full grow-out Mission is expected to reach a peak population of over 100,000.
Age & Gender
Comparatively, the District of Mission has a younger than average population. According to the 2001 Census 66% of Mission’s population is under the age of 45 compared to a provincial average of 57%.
Mission is largely an English speaking community (86.7%), however there are several other languages spoken throughout the Municipality including Punjabi (4.51%), German (2.26%), French (1.32%) and Dutch (0.97%).
The District of Mission has an average household size of 3.1 people, which is slightly higher than the provincial average.
75% of the 10,710 dwellings are owned as opposed to being rented. This is almost 10% higher than the provincial average.
Mission is extremely diverse and has several different religious affiliations. The predominant religious groups within the municipality are Protestant (32.1%) and Catholic (14.9%). However, almost 40% of citizens claim they have no religious affiliation.
Residents of the District of Mission enjoy an above average household income ($49,905). However, persons who work full time for the full year earn, on average, slightly below the provincial average ($41,742). Almost 80% of the residents of Mission receive their income through work, that is a paid or self-employed positions.