Vancouver, Canada Population

Population in Urban Area, now

2,581,123

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

600,000

Vancouver Urban Area Population Graph

Vancouver Population Review

The picturesque, coastal city of Vancouver is positioned between the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountains on the westernmost coast of Canada. While Vancouver city proper only has 600 thousands residents and the urban area only has 2.5 million, it is one of Canada’s most linguistically and ethnically diverse cities. While the city’s growth rate is a bit under Canada’s national average at 4.4%, the city is still expected to grow to 2.9 million people by 2035.

With 5,249 per square kilometer and only 115 square kilometers, Vancouver is a very small city, which is probably why it is also the most densely populated city in Canada and the fourth-most densely populated in North America.

A center of ethnic diversity

Vancouver is a city with ethnically diverse roots. 40% of its residents are foreign-born and 52% of the population identify their first language as something other than English. Following the first settlement of Europeans in the 19th century, Vancouver has been heavily influenced by Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Italian cultures. This has led to the city having many small, ethnic neighborhoods like Little Italy, Greektown, and the Punjabi Market. Since 1996, experts have found that minorities are three times more likely to live in one of these ethnic enclaves.

A mild climate and an active town

Vancouver has Canada’s mildest weather and snow is extremely rare in the city (except in the mountains). This may be why the city’s population consistently ranks among Canada’s healthiest, and the city itself has been named one of the healthiest in the world. The city’s residents participate in more than 130 organized runs each year, bike continuously through the famous Stanley Park (which is larger than Central Park), and hike and ski in the mountains.

A tourist hotspot

Vancouver’s physical beauty, events, and outdoor activities, all coupled with its lovely climate, make it’s obvious why Vancouver is one of Canada’s most visited cities. There are over 10 million people that visit the city every year. Fellow Canadians make up the highest percentage of visitors to the city, followed by China, Australia, and the U.K.

Tourism contributes almost $5 billion annually and provides 70,000 full-time jobs for the residents of Vancouver. Many of these visitors get to the city through the Vancouver International Airport or through the city’s massive port, which welcomes 230 cruise ships every year.

Review Updated: October 18, 2019
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Vancouver Urban Area Population History

1950 556,000
1951 562,000
1952 569,000
1953 575,000
1954 581,000
1955 588,000
1956 594,000
1957 600,000
1958 607,000
1959 614,000
1960 620,000
1961 630,000
1962 676,000
1963 726,000
1964 779,000
1965 836,000
1966 895,000
1967 930,000
1968 967,000
1969 1,005,000
1970 1,045,000
1971 1,084,000
1972 1,100,000
1973 1,117,000
1974 1,133,000
1975 1,150,000
1976 1,168,000
1977 1,187,000
1978 1,207,000
1979 1,227,000
1980 1,247,000
1981 1,268,000
1982 1,290,000
1983 1,313,000
1984 1,336,000
1985 1,359,000
1986 1,384,000
1987 1,426,000
1988 1,469,000
1989 1,513,000
1990 1,559,000
1991 1,606,000
1992 1,650,000
1993 1,695,000
1994 1,741,000
1995 1,789,000
1996 1,836,000
1997 1,866,000
1998 1,896,000
1999 1,927,000
2000 1,959,000
2001 1,990,000
2002 2,015,000
2003 2,041,000
2004 2,067,000
2005 2,093,000
2006 2,121,000
2007 2,160,000
2008 2,198,000
2009 2,238,000
2010 2,278,000
2011 2,317,000
2012 2,347,000
2013 2,376,000
2014 2,407,000
2015 2,437,000
2016 2,468,000
2017 2,499,000
2018 2,531,000
2019 2,556,000
2020 2,581,000

Vancouver Urban Area Population Projections

2021 2,606,000
2022 2,632,000
2023 2,657,000
2024 2,683,000
2025 2,708,000
2026 2,733,000
2027 2,759,000
2028 2,784,000
2029 2,809,000
2030 2,834,000
2031 2,859,000
2032 2,884,000
2033 2,909,000
2034 2,933,000
2035 2,957,000

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