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Langley Township's growth is outstripping Surrey's
The Township of Langley is growing at a rate of 256 new residents a month, according to the latest population growth statistics released by the provincial government.
Langley City is barely growing at all.
The annual BC Stats figures, released on Jan. 31, show the Township grew from 109,359 residents in 2012 to 112,440 last year, a growth rate of 2.8 per cent, or an average of 256 new people every month.
That is a faster rate of growth than neighbouring Surrey, which experienced a 2.3 per cent increase in population in 2013, breaking the half-million mark to total 504,661.
The population of Langley City was essentially unchanged, going from 26,288 in 2012 to 26,301 in 2013.
The Township remains the sixth-largest municipality in Metro Vancouver, after Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond and Coquitlam.
If Langley Township and City were counted together, they would rise to become the fifth-largest municipality in Metro, with 138,741 people.
BC Stats produces its population estimates based on indicators like health client registration and residential hydro hook-ups to gauge population growth from one year to the next.
The agency report calculated the population of the whole province at 4,581,978.
Annual population growth held steady at 0.9 per cent between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, with just under 39,000 new residents, BC Stats says.