According to the recent population & housing study done in June of this year, the population of Prince Rupert is at 13,766 people. That is an increase of 1,258 people over the 2011 census number of 12,508.
If you factor in the temporary shadow population estimates of 521 people, Prince Rupert is currently sustaining a population of 14,287…this does not include Port Edward, Dodge/Crippen Cove/Metlakatla or Port Simpson populations that are also very reliant on Prince Rupert services.
BC Stats has the population of the city under 12,000 people @ 11,918.
What is concerning is funding levels from the province and federal governments are not adequately addressing the total population as of 2015 numbers. Hopefully this is something the city will be pushing with both levels of government.