Prince George City Overview

Prince George - BC's Northern Capital

Prince George, as a city, is evolving economically and physically but also demographically as more highly skilled new immigrants choose Prince George as their new Canadian home.  Successful new immigrants with skills from medicine to customer service talk about Prince George as a safe and embracing community with the amenities of a big city without the stress, expense and chaos that comes with big city life.  When asked “why stay in Prince George...” these new Canadians unanimously answer “because of the people and the easy lifestyle”.  Prince George’s foundation is reflected in its people who embrace work, play and family life with a sense of belonging and pride of place. 

Below is average information about Prince George for more indepth info vist Initatives Prince George's website.


Prince George is home to approximately 80,000 people.


Average cost of purchasing a home in Prince George in 2007 was $240,245. Average cost of renting an apartment in 2007 was $650/month.


Prince George enjoys a dry climate with four complete seasons – lots of sun between May and September and lots of snow between November and March. Average January temperature is -10°C and average July temperature is 22°C, though most years can bring temperature extremes above 30°C and below -20°C.


Average annual labour force income is approximagely $40,000.


Employment rate in 2007 was 69.9%.


Maximum commute to downtown Prince George from most of the city's residential areas is 15 minutes.


A variety of active ethnic and cultural groups exist in Prince George that provide programming to all residents in social and cultural capacities.


Prince George educational institutions include the internationally recognized University of Northern British Columbia, the main campus of College of New Caledonia, close to 50 regional public schools and an assortment of private schools such as French Immersion and specialty programs that support new immigrant children.


The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, the Multicultural Heritage Society of Prince George, Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George, the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, the Welcome Wagon, and numerous employment service providers assist newcomers in getting settled in Prince George.


Prince George is the north's central shopping centre with a seasonal Farmers' Market to malls and big box stores.


Eighteen outdoor and six indoor soccer fields, seven ice rinks, two aquatic facilities (one deemed world class), numerous gyms / self defense / dance clubs, 120 parks within city limits, 1,600 lakes and streams within one hour, downhill and cross country ski facilities and more… there is something for everyone!


Home to an international airport (YXS), VIA Rail daylight passenger train service, Greyhound Bus and an ever improving highway infrastructure, Prince George is known as the transportation HUB of the north.


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