With a population of 472,000, Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia. Between 2001 and 2011 the city’s population has increased by over 100,000 residents and it continues growing.
The last Census (from 2006) showed that among immigrants 38.3 % came from South Asia, 18.4% from Europe, 14.1% from Southeast Asia and 12% from East Asia. Among Surrey’s immigrants the most common countries of birth were India (35%), the United Kingdom (8%), the Philippines (7.4%), and Fiji (5.7%). Place of birth characteristics for immigrant’s population varied considerably from one Surrey community to another. For example, 62% of immigrants in Newton came from South Asia, whereas in South Surrey only 5.0 % came from that region of the world. In South Surrey and Cloverdale most immigrants were from Europe.
As in other parts of British Columbia, Surrey’s population is aging. While the number of people under the age of 30 decreases, there is a steady rise in the seniors’ population and the population between 30 and 64 years old. The age distribution varies in different communities of Surrey. The neighbourhoods with more immigrants have more young people.