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Physical Map: Defined
In addition to country borders, major cities and significant bodies of water, Physical Maps indicate the location of landforms like deserts, mountains and plains. This type of map also displays major cities and regions. Physical Maps are commonly used to see elevation and land contours as well as major rivers and lakes.

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British Columbia

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Miscellaneous    British Columbia


Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Splendor without diminishment).
Flower: Pacific Dogwood
Tree: Western Red Cedar
Bird: Steller's Jay

   Geography    British Columbia


Land Area: 925,186 sq. km (357,216 sq. mile)
Rank Among Provinces and Territories in Total Area: 4th
Highest Point: Mount Fairweather 4,663m/15,299ft
Freshwater Area as a Percentage of Total Area: 2.2%


   People    British Columbia


Population (2009 Estimate): 4,479,934
Rank Among Provinces and Territories in Population: 3th
Percentage of National Population: 13.23%
Population Density: 4.84 persons per sq. km

Ethnic Groups (percentages based on 2006 Census Population Statistics)

Total Population: 3,290,350

Ethnic origin
English: 1,207,245 (29.60%)
Scottish: 828,145 (20.30%)
Canadian: 720,200 (17.70%)
Irish: 618,120 (15.20%)
German: 561,570 (13.80%)
Chinese: 432,435 (10.60%)
French: 361,215 (8.90%)
East Indian: 232,370 (5.70%)
Ukrainian: 197,265 (4.80%)
Dutch (Netherlands): 196,420 (4.80%)
North American Indian: 193,060 (4.70%)
Italian: 143,155 (3.50%)
Norwegian: 129,420 (3.20%)
Polish: 128,360 (3.20%)
Russian: 114,105 (2.80%)
Welsh: 104,275 (2.60%)
Swedish: 104,025 (2.60%)
Filipino: 94,255 (2.30%)
British: 74,145 (1.80%)
American (USA): 66,765 (1.60%)
Métis: 62,570 (1.50%)
Danish: 56,125 (1.40%)
Spanish: 52,640 (1.30%)
Korean: 51,860 (1.30%)
Hungarian: 49,870 (1.20%)
Austrian: 46,620 (1.10%)
Japanese: 41,585 (1.00%)
Portuguese: 34,660 (0.90%)
Vietnamese: 30,835 (0.80%)
Jewish: 30,830 (0.80%)
Finnish: 29,875 (0.70%)
Iranian: 29,265 (0.70%)
Swiss: 28,240 (0.70%)
Romanian: 25,670 (0.60%)
Icelandic: 22,110 (0.50%)
Greek: 21,770 (0.50%)
Czech: 21,150 (0.50%)
Croatian: 18,815 (0.50%)
Punjabi: 18,600 (0.50%)
Belgian: 17,510 (0.40%)


Largest Cities by Population (2006)
1. Vancouver: 2,215,200
2. Victoria: 330,088
3. Kelowna: 162,276
4. Abbotsford: 159,020
5. Kamloops: 92,882

Language groups (2006)
English: 2,875,770 (71.50%)
Chinese languages: 342,920 (8.50%)
Punjabi: 158,750 (4.00%)
German: 86,690 (2.20%)
French: 54,745 (1.40%)
Tagalog (Filipino): 50,425 (1.30%)
Korean: 46,500 (1.20%)
Spanish: 34,075 (0.90%)
Persian: 28,150 (0.70%)
Italian: 27,020 (0.70%)
Dutch: 26,355 (0.70%)
Vietnamese: 24,560 (0.70%)
Hindi: 23,240 (0.60%)
Japanese: 20,040 (0.50%)
Russian: 19,320 (0.50%)
Polish: 17,565 (0.40%)
Portuguese: 14,385 (0.40%)
Ukrainian: 12,285 (0.30%)
Hungarian: 10,670 (0.30%)
Croatian: 8,505 (0.20%)
Arabic: 8,440 (0.20%)
Urdu: 7,025 (0.20%)
Danish: 6,720 (0.20%)
Greek: 6,620 (0.20%)
Gujarati: 6,565 (0.20%)
Romanian: 6,335 (0.20%)
Serbian: 6,180 (0.20%)
Czech: 6,000 (0.10%)
Finnish: 4,770 (0.10%)
Athabaskan languages: 3,500 (0.10%)
Slovak: 3,490 (0.10%)
Norwegian: 3,275 (0.10%)
Tamil: 3,200 (0.10%)
Salish languages: 3,190 (0.10%)
Ilocano: 3,100 (0.10%)
Malay: 3,100 (0.10%)
Bisayan languages: 3,035 (0.10%)
Swedish: 2,875 (0.10%)
Turkish: 2,255 (0.10%)
Tsimshianic languages: 2,125 (0.10%)

Number of Births (2008): 44,087
Birth Rate: 9.7
Life Expectancy in years - 2005 to 2007: Males: 79, Females: 84
Infant Mortality Rate - 2007: 4 deaths per 1,000 live births
Health-care Expenditure Per Capita - 2007: $3,305 Canadian Dollars
Health-care Expenditure Per Capita - 2009 Forecast: $3,584 Canadian Dollars
High School Certificate or Equivalent * - 2006: 25.9%

* 'High School Certificate or Equivalent' includes persons who have graduated from a secondary school or equivalent. Excludes persons with a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. Examples of postsecondary institutions include community colleges, institutes of technology, CEGEPs, private trade schools, private business colleges, schools of nursing and universities.

Data from the Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Wikipedia.

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