City Demographics, Community & Lifestyle of Vancouver



Vancouver is a big city in western Canada, situated in the lower mainland of British Columbia. It is among the most diversified cities in Canada. It has a famous filming location. It is surrounded by mountains and has music scenes, theatre, and thriving art.


Population and Demographics:

Vancouver is the most heavily populated city in Canada having more than 5249 individuals per square kilometer. It is the fourth most heavily populated city in North America. In the Metropolitan area of Vancouver, almost 74% of individuals live outside the city. In 2020 Vancouver’s population is approximately 2,581,097. While its population was 556,369 in 1950. Vancouver city has expanded by 144,112 since 2005, this expansion represents an annual change of 1.16%.

The census in 2011 found ethnic and racial makeup of Vancouver city was Chinese 27.7%, Filipino 6%, European Canadian 46.2%, Southeast Asian 6%, Japanese 1.7%, Latin American 1.6%, Korean 1.5%, West Asian 1.2%, Aboriginal 2%, black 15%, and Arab 0.5 %. It is often called a “city of neighborhoods” as it has many neighborhoods with unique ethnic mixes.



Vancouver has a number of small communities and neighborhoods each with unique histories and culture. But there is disagreement on the boundaries and names of these areas, the Vancouver city has been divided into 23 neighborhoods for the administrative purpose which include Gastown, Davie Village, Coal Harbour, Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Granville Street, etc.


Educational Background:

The Vancouver School board in the city registered more than 110,000 students at the elementary level and it is the 2nd huge school district in the province due to the post-secondary institutions. This district administers the 17 elementary annexes, 76 elementary and 18 secondary schools, 07 adult education institutions, and 02 learning network schools. In Vancouver, there are 5 public universities. Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia are the largest universities with the registration of more than 90,000 graduates, undergraduates, and professionals. Langara College and Vancouver college are the publicly funded institutions along with Douglas college which has 3 campuses outside the city.


Families and Average household income:

 633,460 census families are reported by a census in 2011 which represents 1,879,465 individuals (81% population) across Metro Vancouver. There is an increase of 98,205 families from 2001 to 2011. In 2016 the city had an average size of household of 2.2 and has 110,020 of the one-person household size (39% of all the households). The median of total household income of the city was $72,662 in 2015 which has increased from $65,342 in 2005. This represents a change of 11.2% in 10 years.


Real estate fact:

The residential property prices in the city are so expensive because it has many Chinese buyers and the policies of land development are very strict. This shows that due to high supply and low demand the prices have increased. In Vancouver city, the average house price is $1,298,332 and this price is after a 2.4% drop every year. There are 25000, vacant homes in Vancouver. Ottawa, Edmonton, and Calgary have estimated more than twenty thousand vacant properties.



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