Duncan, BC Overview Of British Columbia's 4.4 million people, just under 5,000 residents live in the town of Duncan, ...
Duncan, BC Overview
Of British Columbia's 4.4 million people, just under 5,000 residents live in the town of Duncan, BC. It is the smallest city in Canada by area, but that can be misleading. The city itself actually serves a larger region, called Cowichan Valley, which is home to around 80,000 people. The city is located in the southern part of the Vancouver Island region, which is close to the border of the United States. Residents of Duncan, BC are less than an hour from Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia. The cost of living there is a bit less than living in Victoria. It takes about C$41,000 to live in Duncan, BC, while it would cost more than C$51,000 for the same amenities in Victoria.
Duncan, BC Job Opportunities
The Duncan, BC unemployment rate is just over six per cent, which is slightly higher than Victoria, BC with its 5.8 per cent unemployment rate; however, the jobs outlook on Vancouver Island as a whole is strong going forward. There are 654,000 people over 15 in the Vancouver Island area and over 147,000 jobs will be added by 2022. Roughly 77 per cent of that growth comes from retiring workers but some organic growth is also expected. Around 23 per cent is expected to come from job expansion.
Duncan, BC Employment Trends
Most people in Duncan, BC work in wholesale and retail. Together they account for almost 16 per cent of the workforce. Health care and social assistance positions are the second most popular source of employment, with almost 14 per cent of the Duncan workforce. The demand for workers in Vancouver Island is predicted to increase by 0.8 per cent annually, while healthcare professionals like optometrists and chiropractors, nurses, therapists, health care managers, and health support workers are all expected to see an increase in job demand of 2.2 per cent or better per annum.