Average incomes in Trail don’t stack up compared to average incomes provincially and nationally.
The city’s median household income in 2015 before tax was $58,992, according to 2016 census data released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday.
That amount is well below the provincial average of $69,995 and the national average of $70,336.
Elsewhere, average income in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary was $59,721, Fruitvale’s was $73,370 and Warfield, $79,360.
According to the census data, the median household income in Rossland was $81,897, which was topped by Montrose with $83,136.
City of Trail numbers also revealed 595 households made over $100,000 in 2015, which pales in comparison to Nelson, where 1,095 households made over $100,000.
The median household income in British Columbia was $69,995 in 2015, seventh among the provinces and territories, down from sixth in 2005. Median incomes increased 12.2 per cent from 2005, 1.4 percentage points above the Canadian average, making British Columbia the eighth-fastest growing region over the decade.
Fewer manufacturing and agricultural jobs coincided with employment increases in utilities, health care and social assistance, and forestry and construction sectors.
Every metropolitan area in British Columbia experienced some growth in their median income. Median income growth ranged from 2 per cent or less in Powell River, Port Alberni and Quesnel to over 20 per cent in Cranbrook (+21.8 per cent), Prince Rupert (+23.2 per cent), Terrace (+24.6 per cent), Fort St. John (+27.5 per cent) and Dawson Creek (+31.6 per cent). Vancouver, with a median income of $72,662 in 2015, experienced an income growth rate of 11.2 per cent since 2005, somewhat below the provincial rate.
For more on Wednesday’s census report, see Page 5.