Located in Southern British Columbia in the Metro Vancouver region, Surrey is a suburban city with a population of over 500,000. It’s one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada, and offers a great quality of life with easy access to Vancouver, the mountains, the ocean, and the United States. Surrey has seen a lot of growth in recent years, and the city consists mainly of residential housing, commercial centres and urban areas. The landscape is flat with rolling hills, and the climate is typical of the Pacific Northwest, with fairly warm summers averaging around the mid-20s in summer, and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains.
Surrey has a thriving economy and is a centre for technology, renewable energy, agriculture, arts, education, health, and manufacturing. The tech sector is growing rapidly, and is largely driven by innovators and entrepreneurs, and farming strongly supports the local economy. Surrey has seen a lot of infrastructure development in recent years to improve transport and increase road capacity, and the city is well served by transit links that run to Vancouver.
The population is very diverse, with almost 50% of the population made up of ethnic minorities, including South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, as well as First Nations. English is spoken as mother tongue by roughly 50% of the population, with the next most common language being Punjabi, followed by Tagalog, Hindi, and Mandarin. The real estate market is very strong, and the Surrey area is a popular choice for people looking to reside within a commutable distance to Vancouver. Surrey is made up of six major areas: Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, Whalley, and South Surrey/ White Rock and offers a range of real estate, from condos, to single-detached properties, to ranches with large lots of land.
Popular areas in Surrey include: