Growth in Prince George was slow until the 1950's when many people arrived from the prairies and Europe to work in the burgeoning forest industry. The 1960's and 70's were years of remarkable growth associated with modernization of the sawmills and the construction of three pulp mills. By 1997, the population had reached 75,000.
The City's economy is based largely on the forest industry with fourteen sawmills, two single pulp mills, and one of the largest twinned pulp mills in the world. Wood products manufacturing, a refinery, a brewery, chemical plants, and diesel locomotive repair shops contribute to the industrial base.
The City's role as a regional centre is highlighted by a large, modern library and hospital, a regional college, the main campus of the University of Northern British Columbia, two museums, an art gallery, a brand new police facility, the new BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, amateur theatre groups, and a symphony orchestra.
More information on the Fraser-Fort George Regional District is available on their website: http://www.rdffg.bc.ca