Surrey is the second largest city in B.C., and the fastest growing city in Metro Vancouver. Its population of 472,000 residents is one of the youngest and most culturally diverse in Canada. With its excellent schools, and thriving commercial and industrial areas, it's a popular place to live and work.
Surrey is divided into six town centres: Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey and Whalley.
Quality of Life
Surrey is home to over 200 parks, consisting of over 6000 acres of parkland and green space. Parks range in variety from forests and shorelines to soccer fields and running tracks. The city has almost 90 kilometers of greenways, with plans to add another 350 kilometers.
Art galleries, theatres, museums and festivals are abundant in Surrey. It hosts many special events throughout the year, including the Surrey International Children's Festival, Canada Day, Fusion Festival and Party for the Planet.
Located in a coastal temperate rainforest zone, Surrey has a mild climate. Its annual rainfall of 147 cm is the lowest in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. The average summer temperature is 22°C and the average winter temperature is 5°C.
Schools and Healthcare
The Surrey School District is the largest in British Columbia, encompassing the areas of Surrey and White Rock. The District has 101 elementary schools, 19 secondary schools, five learning centres, four adult education centres and an online learning program. The District offers many specialized programs, including French Immersion, fine arts, athletics, gifted learners and English language learners.
Surrey also hosts 23 independent schools, ranging from religious academies to Montessori schools.
Surrey is home to a variety of post-secondary education institutions, including campuses for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University.
Healthcare services in Surrey are excellent, with a wide variety of clinics and specialized care facilities. Surrey is also home to Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Between 2004 and 2014, Surrey's population grew by over 100,000 residents. Its population is predicted to increase by another 300,000 people over the next thirty years.
The majority of housing units in Surrey are single-family structures, but the percentage of townhouses, apartments and other multiple-family dwelling units is growing. Fleetwood has the highest percentage of single-family structures, while Guildford has many low-rise and high-rise apartment options. Rental housing is mostly located in Whalley, Guildford and Newton.
While housing prices have risen along with the rest of Metro Vancouver, Surrey offers a wider variety of housing options and more affordable pricing than many other Vancouver areas.
Surrey has one of the highest proportions of children among Metro Vancouver municipalities, making it a popular family community.
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Listing information last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 3:31pm CDT.