According to the 2016 Statistics Canada census, the town of Comox has a population of 14,028. There was a 3% growth between 2011 and 2016. About 20% of the population is younger than 20 years old, about 16% is aged 20 to 40, about 35% is aged 40 to 65 and 29% are over 65.
As of 2016, there were 6410 private dwellings in the town of Comox and 4150 of the dwellings were single family homes. At that time, the town boundary surrounded 16.74 square miles of land. In contrast, as a newly incorporated village in 1946, it occupied one square mile of land and was home to 631 people.
Visitors to the Comox area are significant especially during the spring, summer and fall. The Comox municipal airport processed 368,733 passengers in the 2015 to 2016 time frame. This figure was more than the larger city of Nanaimo whose airport processed 340,861 passengers. Many visitors to the Comox area arrive by car via a ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island and then by either Highway 19, the 4-lane expressway or by 19A, the two-lane scenic coastal route.
Some of the top-rated attractions in Comox and the surrounding area include Goose Spit Park that offers tremendous views of the island and coastal mountains ranges and the Strait of Georgia as well as the Comox Bay and Glacier. The 40 Knots Winery is a thriving vineyard that is located on a slope facing the Georgia Strait. The Filberg Heritage Lodge rests on nine acres of landscaped waterfront green space just south of the main street of downtown Comox and it hosts the annual Filberg Festival. Kin Beach provincial park is located about 8 kilometers north of the town on the eastern side of the Comox Peninsula looked across the Georgia Strait towards the mainland Coastal Mountain range. The Comox Air Force Museum is located about 6 km to the north. Closer to downtown are the Comox Fisherman’s Wharf and the Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery. These are just a few of the many scenic, sporting, recreational and social activities offered by the town and surround area.
Increasingly, visitors to the area are relocating here. New home construction has been brisk over the past few years, and new developments continue to be progressed. The two largest ones in the area are the continuation of the development of Crown Isle in nearby Courtenay and the soon to begin development of Union Bay Estates. Within the Town of Comox, the larger areas that have been developed include Beckton Estates, Lancaster Heights, and Foxxwood Heights. Numerous smaller developments continue to be approved.