Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city (and only "city") in the area commonly known as the Comox Valley, and it is the location of the head offices of the Comox Valley Regional District. Courtenay is just 4 km west of the town of Comox, 7 km northeast of the Village of Cumberland, 5 km northwest of the unincorporated settlement of Royston, and 108 km northwest of Nanaimo.
According to Statistics Canada, the city has a total area of 17.02 km². The major highway that runs through the city is Highway 19A. Courtenay is located at the northern terminus of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway.
There are 7,995 households out of which 21.6% have couples with children under the age of 25 living with them, 50.0% are married couples living together, 31.4% with just one person, and 18.5% of other household types. The average household size is 2.7.
In the city the population is spread out with 26.6% under the age of 20, 5.5% from 20 to 24 due to lack of employment opportunities for that age group, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38.6 years. For every 100 females there are 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 20 and over, there are 87.7 males.
There are 13,880 people in the city with an income, with a median total income of $19,716. Of this income, earnings are 65.4%, government transfers are 19.5%, and other income is 15.1%. Average overall earnings are $26,065, with an average among full-year full-time earnings of $37,721.