Demographics in Surrey, BC

Population Marital Status Employment Spoken Language Median Income Households Housing Education Commute Time

What is the population of Surrey?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 568,320
Male population 282,350 49.7%
Female population 285,970 50.3%
Average age 39.5
Male population 49.7%
Female population 50.3%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 94,060 16.6%
15 to 24 80,260 14.1%
25 to 34 82,135 14.4%
35 to 44 80,390 14.2%
45 to 54 74,700 13.1%
55 to 64 69,590 12.2%
Over 65 87,180 15.3%
Under 14 16.6%
15 to 24 14.1%
25 to 34 14.4%
35 to 44 14.2%
45 to 54 13.1%
55 to 64 12.2%
Over 65 15.3%
There are 568,320 residents in Surrey, with an average age of 39.5. Males make up 49.7% of the population, while females account for 50.3%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Surrey (94,060 individuals), followed by those aged over 65 (87,180 people).

What is the marital status of Surrey residents?

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% of Total
Married 254,030 53.6%
Common law 23,350 4.9%
Single 140,585 29.6%
Separated 10,630 2.2%
Divorced 22,985 4.8%
Widowed 22,685 4.8%
Married 53.6%
Common law 4.9%
Single 29.6%
Separated 2.2%
Divorced 4.8%
Widowed 4.8%
A total of 140,585 people in Surrey have never been married (which represents 29.6% of the population). Wedded people in Surrey (254,030 locals) account for 53.6% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 4.9% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 23,350 people).

What are the employment statistics in Surrey?

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Unemployment rate 8.6%
% of Total
Management 2,415 0.8%
Business, finance and administration 49,520 16.5%
Natural and applied sciences 18,990 6.3%
Health 22,495 7.5%
Education, law, community and government services 28,120 9.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 7,385 2.5%
Sales and service 82,830 27.5%
Trades and transport 68,505 22.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 5,105 1.7%
Manufacturing and utilities 15,365 5.1%
Management 0.8%
Business, finance and administration 16.5%
Natural and applied sciences 6.3%
Health 7.5%
Education, law, community and government services 9.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.5%
Sales and service 27.5%
Trades and transport 22.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.7%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.1%
Surrey has an unemployment rate of 8.6%. Regarding the most common jobs in Surrey, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (82,830 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (68,505 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (49,520 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Surrey?

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% of Total
English 521,015 92.3%
French 3,185 0.6%
English and French 2,705 0.5%
Neither English nor French 37,335 6.6%
The majority of Surrey residents (that’s 92.3%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Surrey?

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Median household income $98,000
Median after-tax household income $87,000
The median household income in Surrey is $98,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $87,000 per year.

How many households are there in Surrey?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 185,675
Owned households 129,100 69.5%
Rented households 56,575 30.5%
Owned households 69.5%
Rented households 30.5%

Household size

Average household size 3.0
% of Total
1 person 36,850 19.8%
2 person 50,710 27.3%
3 person 31,895 17.2%
4 person 33,690 18.1%
5 person 32,530 17.5%
1 person 19.8%
2 person 27.3%
3 person 17.2%
4 person 18.1%
5 person 17.5%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 29,870 16.1%
35 to 44 36,535 19.7%
45 to 54 39,345 21.2%
55 to 64 37,245 20.1%
Over 65 42,675 23.0%
Under 34 16.1%
35 to 44 19.7%
45 to 54 21.2%
55 to 64 20.1%
Over 65 23.0%
There is a total of 185,675 households in Surrey, 69.5% of which are owner-occupied and 30.5% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Surrey is 3.0 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (50,710 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (36,850 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Surrey, at 23%.

What are the housing characteristics in Surrey?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 2,065 1.1%
Between 1946 and 1960 5,925 3.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 8,185 4.4%
Between 1971 and 1980 20,305 10.9%
Between 1981 and 1990 32,090 17.3%
Between 1991 and 2000 36,430 19.6%
Between 2001 and 2010 40,750 22.0%
After 2011 39,920 21.5%
Before 1945 1.1%
Between 1946 and 1960 3.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 4.4%
Between 1971 and 1980 10.9%
Between 1981 and 1990 17.3%
Between 1991 and 2000 19.6%
Between 2001 and 2010 22.0%
After 2011 21.5%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 1,515 0.8%
1 bedroom 23,605 12.7%
2 bedrooms 47,855 25.8%
3 bedrooms 48,825 26.3%
4 or more bedroom 63,875 34.4%
No bedrooms 0.8%
1 bedroom 12.7%
2 bedrooms 25.8%
2 bedrooms 26.3%
4 or more bedroom 34.4%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 60,895 32.8%
Apartments 8,835 4.8%
Attached homes 114,890 61.9%
Movable homes 1,055 0.6%
Single-detached homes 32.8%
Apartments 4.8%
Attached homes 61.9%
Movable homes 0.6%
Median home value $1,000,000
Average home value $1,102,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 147,360 79.4%
Major repairs 7,045 3.8%
Minor repairs 31,265 16.8%
Regular maintenance 79.4%
Minor repairs 16.8%
Major repairs 3.8%
Single-detached houses account for 32.8% of the residential buildings in Surrey. Apartments make up 4.8% of the Surrey housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $1,000,000 and the average figure sits at $1,102,000. Of all the properties in Surrey, 4 or more bedrooms units include 63,875 (the highest share) and 3 bedrooms units have 48,825 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (79.4%) and minor repairs (16.8%).

What is the education level in Surrey?

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% of Total
No diploma 77,370 16.5%
High school diploma 148,395 31.7%
Apprenticeship diploma 26,895 5.7%
College diploma 70,100 15.0%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 21,615 4.6%
University degree 124,235 26.5%
No diploma 16.5%
High school diploma 31.7%
Apprenticeship diploma 5.7%
College diploma 15.0%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 4.6%
University degree 26.5%
Approximately 31.7% of the population in Surrey has a high school diploma (that’s 148,395 residents). Surrey locals holding a college diploma (70,100 people) account for 15% of the resident pool. Additionally, 26.5% of them hold a university degree (124,235 people).

What is the average commute time in Surrey?

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Average commute time 30 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 191,725 82.2%
By public transit 30,485 13.1%
By bicycle/by walking 6,865 2.9%
By other methods 4,180 1.8%
By car, truck or van 82.2%
By public transit 13.1%
By bicycle/by walking 2.9%
By other methods 1.8%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 82,955 46.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 94,625 53.2%
Commute to a different province 465 0.3%
Commute within the same municipality 46.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 53.2%
Commute to a different province 0.3%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 41,315 17.7%
15 to 29 minutes 76,465 32.8%
30 to 44 minutes 65,210 28.0%
45 to 59 minutes 24,875 10.7%
More than 60 minutes 25,400 10.9%
Less than 15 minutes 17.7%
15 to 29 minutes 32.8%
30 to 44 minutes 28.0%
45 to 59 minutes 10.7%
More than 60 minutes 10.9%
Most employed people in Surrey (76,465 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 30 to 44 min (65,210 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Surrey is 30 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Surrey locals commute to another municipality within the same province to get to work.

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest census data from Statistics Canada (2021).
Census aggregated data represented here is extracted from Data Tables, by topic, at census subdivision area level. Differences may be found between the totals of the various categories due to multiple variables.
The information is updated as soon as new data is made available. No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information.

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