Vancouver is the most populated city in the province of British Columbia. It is also Canada’s 3rd most populated city after Toronto, Montreal with an estimated population of over 2.26 million people. Vancouver, located on the Pacific coast of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, is Canada’s main port city and major economic center, as well as the political, cultural, tourism and transportation center of Western Canada. The city has been rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the world’s most liveable cities for many years.
Based on our research, Vancouver population will reach 2,35,823 (around 2.36 million) by end of 2020.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.28% over last nine years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate. The estimation will adjust once Statistic Canada publishes census data.
Population Growth of Vancouver
Looking back last nine years of Vancouver’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 1.23% to 1.33%, adding around 27,600 to 28,900 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Vancouver to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. On the other hand, Vancouver is a popular city for immigrant which helps the population growth as well. Between census year of 2011 and 2016, Vancouver population had increased by 140,380 people.
Demographics of Vancouver
According to Canada census, Vancouver is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. In 2016, the six most commonly ethnic origins overall were Chinese(26.5%), South Asian(6%), Filipino(5.8%), Southeast Asian(2.7%) and Latin American(1.7%) and Japanese(1.6%). The signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 triggered a wave of immigration from Hong Kong to Canada, and Vancouver, Canada’s Asia-Pacific gateway, also received many Hong Kong immigrants, bringing about significant changes in the city’s ethnic structure. Together with immigrants from mainland China and Taiwan, Vancouver is one of the most populous North American cities in North America, and Vancouver is the largest Chinatown in North America outside San Francisco. The arrival of Asian immigrants also continues Vancouver’s role as a popular destination for immigrants.
The religious makeup of Vancouver is: Christian(50.9%),No religion(36.3%),Muslim(5.8%),Sikh(2.0%),Buddhist(2.1%),Hindu(1.6%),Jewish(0.6%), Other(0.7%).
From age prospective, according to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census, in 2016, the City of Vancouver’s most populous age group was 25 to 34-year-old which make up 20% of the population. Its least populous age group was people aged 80 years and older which constitute 2% of the population. Fifty percent of Vancouverites were between the age of 20 and 49.
Population Density of Vancouver
Vancouver’s population density is 5,492 people per kilo square meter. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America, behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco and Mexico City.
Facts About Vancouver
- Vancouver has an adult obesity rate of 12 % compared to a Canadian average of 23%. 51.8% of Vancouverites are overweight, making it the fourth-thinest city in Canada behind Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.
- 40% of Vancouver’s overall population is made up of immigrants. The city also has the highest proportion of Asians per capita in any North American city. Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is one of the largest in North America.
- The Greenpeace eco-activist organisation, one of the most popular environmental groups in the world, was established in Vancouver in 1971.
- Vancouver has recently been ranked the third most liveable city in the world, after Melbourne and Vienna. The index considers 30 factors related to security, health care, education, infrastructure and the environment.
- Vancouver is Canada’s warmest city with just 11 days of snow a year. The winters are retained mild by the presence of the Pacific Ocean.
- Vancouver hosts the biggest annual gay parade, making it one of the world’s most welcoming metropolises.
- The town is named after British Naval Captain George Vancouver, who was the first European to settle on the Pacific coast of Canada in 1792.
- Vancouver’s manufacturing, high-tech industries and services are well established, while energy, food, primary production and agriculture are also important pillars of Vancouver ‘s economy.
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