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BC Regional Socio-Economic Profiles & Indices

Socio-Economic Profiles

The socio-economic profiles consist of charts and tables for the 26 Regional Districts, 84 Local Health Areas, 16 Health Service Delivery Areas, 5 Health Authorities, 8 Development Regions, 15 College Regions, and 57 School Districts within the Province of British Columbia. Also included are the special geographies of the Columbia Basin Trust, Georgia and Fraser Basins.

Each region contains a map and communities, demographic profile, economic hardship, labour market structure, education concerns, crime, health problems, children at risk, and youth at risk.

The profiles are presented in a format that allows comparison to other regions in the province and to B.C. overall.

Socio-Economic Indices

The socio-economic indices summarize social and economic conditions over a wide variety of indicators into a single composite index for each region within the province. When viewed together, these indices provide a summary measure of the relative successes and challenges across all regions of the province. The indices are intended only to flag regions that may be experiencing higher levels of socio-economic stress relative to neighbouring areas. By themselves they don't tell us why a particular community or region is doing poorly or well, but rather form a necessary first step in determining the causal factors underlying the observed conditions.

The Indicators

Four basic indicators of regional hardship are presented, each a composite of a weighted combination of three or four variables. These four indicators are the Index of Human Economic Hardship, the Index of Crime, the Index of Health Problems, and the Index of Education Concerns. Children at Risk and Youth at Risk are two additional indicators highlighted. A final summary of the six indicators is presented as the Overall Regional Socio-Economic Index.

Articles and Other Resources

A number of articles and other resources are available for the Socio-Economic Profiles and Indices, including articles produced using data from the profiles, definitions and data sources, documentation of the variables used in the computation of the indices and methodology papers. 

Sponsors for the 2012/2013 cycle

The profiles and indices are produced by BC Stats with funding support from the following:

  • Ministry of Children and Family Development,
  • Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development,
  • Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training,
  • Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation,
  • Ministry of Health,
  • Provincial Health Services Authority, and
  • Representative for Children and Youth.

Note: Because of revised population estimates, comparisons to past editions are not possible. Please see page 11 of the socio-economic profiles (PDFs) for further explanation.