Census 2016 - Spotlight on Witless Bay

    Statistics Canada released Population and Dwelling counts at the community level from the 2016 Census this week and one of the more interesting findings is that since the 2011 Census, Witless Bay is the fastest growing community in the province. Its population has jumped 38.7 per cent from 1,167 in 2011 to 1619 in 2016. Check the schedule of release dates to find out when more variables will be available. The Newfoundland Statistics Agency has a useful list of links to NL Census data as it becomes available. For example, this alphabetical list gives population counts for all NL communities. For comprehensive, current profiles of communities, check out the Community Accounts database. Here is the profile for Witless Bay. The Centre for Newfoundland Studies can guide you in your search for both current and historical data. Older census volumes such as this 1857 Newfoundland census are being digitized. We hold census material, community files of newspaper clippings, community histories, historic maps, directories and so much more. The photo of Witless Bay below comes from volume 5 of the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador.